A Companion to the Roman Army
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This companion provides an extensive account of the Roman army, exploring its role in Roman politics and society as well as the reasons for its effectiveness as a fighting force.

An extensive account of the Roman army, from its beginnings to its transformation in the later Roman EmpireExamines the army as a military machine its recruitment, training, organization, tactics and weaponryExplores the relationship of the army to Roman politics, economics and society more broadlyConsiders the geography and climate of the lands in which the Romans foughtEach chapter is written by a leading expert in a particular subfield and takes account of the latest scholarly and archaeological research in that area
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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 166 x 246 x 34mm | 1,020.58g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1444339214
  • 9781444339215
  • 193,878

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"It is an excellent academic reference book and should prove a valuable resource for anyone interested in the development of the Roman Army as well as its interactions over a thousand years with the Empire it both served and influenced". (UNRV History, 1 April 2011)
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About Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Research Fellow in Ancient History at Leiden University. He is author of
Hunger and the Sword: Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (264 30 BC) (1998) and
The Grain Market in the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of
The Roman Army and the Economy (2002).
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Ancient Rome was a highly militaristic culture, at war almost annually throughout the period of the republic. The expert contributors to this volume delve into this culture, offering an extensive account of the Roman army, from its beginnings to its transformation in the later Roman Empire. Taking account of the latest scholarly and archaeological research, they examine the recruitment, training, organization, tactics, and weaponry that contributed to Rome's effectiveness as a fighting machine.


The volume recognizes that, as a military force, the Roman army functioned in a landscape and was an integral part of Roman politics and society. The contributors therefore also explore the ecological, economic, social, and political factors that help to explain the characteristic features of the army and its development over time, covering such topics as: demography and manpower, the army as a community, the religions of the soldiers, the emperor as military commander, and veterans in society.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations x
Notes on Contributors xii
Abbreviations of Reference Works and Journals xvii
Abbreviations of Works of Classical Literature xxii
Introduction 1Paul Erdkamp
Part I Early Rome 5
1 Warfare and the Army in Early Rome 7John Rich
2 The Army and Centuriate Organization in Early Rome 24Gary Forsythe
Part II Mid- and Late Republic 43
3 Army and Battle During the Conquest of Italy (350 264 bc) 45Louis Rawlings
4 The Age of Overseas Expansion (264 146 bc) 63Dexter Hoyos
5 The Late Republican Army (146 30 bc) 80Pierre Cagniart
6 War and State Formation in the Roman Republic 96Paul Erdkamp
7 Roman Manpower and Recruitment During the Middle Republic 114Luuk de Ligt
8 Military Command, Political Power, and the Republican Elite 132Nathan Rosenstein
9 Colonization, Land Distribution, and Veteran Settlement 148Will Broadhead
10 Army and General in the Late Roman Republic 164Lukas de Blois
Part III The Empire (Actium to Adrianople) 181
The Structure of the Imperial Army
11 The Augustan Reform and the Structure of the Imperial Army 183Kate Gilliver
12 Classes. The Evolution of the Roman Imperial Fleets 201D. B. Saddington
13 Battle, Tactics, and the Emergence of the Limites in the West 218James Thorne
14 The Army and the Limes in the East 235Everett L. Wheeler
15 Strategy and Army Structure between Septimius Severus and Constantine the Great 267Karl Strobel
Military Organization
16 Military Documents, Languages, and Literacy 286Sara Elise Phang
17 Finances and Costs of the Roman Army 306Peter Herz
18 War- and Peacetime Logistics: Supplying Imperial Armies in East and West 323Peter Kehne
Army, Emperor, and Empire
19 The Roman Army and Propaganda 339Olivier Hekster
20 The Army and the Urban Elite: A Competition for Power 359Clifford Ando
21 Making Emperors. Imperial Instrument or Independent Force? 379Anthony R. Birley
Soldiers and Veterans in Society
22 Military Camps, Canabae, and Vici. The Archaeological Evidence 395Norbert Hanel
23 Marriage, Families, and Survival: Demographic Aspects 417Walter Scheidel
24 Recruits and Veterans 435Gabriele Wesch-Klein
25 The Religions of the Armies 451Oliver Stoll
Part IV The Late Roman Empire (up to Justinian) 477
26 Warlords and Landlords 479Wolf Liebeschuetz
27 The Foederati 495Timo Stickler
28 Army and Society in the Late Roman World: A Context for Decline? 515Michael Whitby
29 Army and Battle in the Age of Justinian (527 65) 532Hugh Elton
Index locorum 551
Index 555
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Review Text

"It is an excellent academic reference book and should prove a valuable resource for anyone interested in the development of the Roman Army as well as its interactions over a thousand years with the Empire it both served and influenced". (UNRV History, 1 April 2011)
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