The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Complete Roman Army book. Read 27 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forc. Adrian Goldsworthy presents a complete analysis of the Roman army taken in three easy-to-manage chronological phases. Beginning with the.
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Adrian Goldsworthy the Complete Roman Army - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online for free. Read The Complete Roman Army PDF - by Adrian Goldsworthy Thames & Hudson | An outstanding general study of the Roman military system. ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY COMPLETE ROMAN ARMY Thames & Hudson THE COMPLETE ROMAN ARMY Adrian Goldsworthy The Roman army was one of.
This book proves why Adrian Goldsworthy is highly regarded in the Roman empire historical community. In my opinion, the best parts of this book are those that try to get "down and dirty" with ancient soldiers and officers. Complete Chinese Living Language. I wasn't impressed with the book's organization and am honestly not sure that I made a very good purchase. Perfect for short reads on individual subjects but to read as comprehensive story it just doesn't work. However it should be noted that the main focus of this book was on the Principate period so if you're interested in the Republic or the Late Empire you will want to check out other books as well.
The Roman army never really had real opponents save for the last century or so. It was always morally and tactically superior. The service was long, but it came with perks. Legionnaires were not just fighters, they were craftsmen and engineers, and they did everything the army needed. Soldiers also invested money in tombstones, as it was important to be noted after death.
We also learn about families and how this worked - as soldiers were barred from marrying. There's a lot more in the book, including biographies of great commanders, the importance and status of the centurion, unit flags, names and slogans, peacetime activities, fortifications and their purpose, sieges, combat tactics, the auxiliary units, the inclusion of different nations and people within the military ranks, and more.
This is a very varied, colorful book, with lots of great drawings and photographs of archeological sites, quotes, speeches from emperors, intrigue and scheming, detailed descriptions of armor suites and weapons, and logistics.
While the focus is on the army, it actually tells a compelling story of a society behind the army, the fine balance betweent the civil and military power, and how Rome managed to conquer the old world with such a small but elite force of professionals. Well worth its time. Highly recommended. Nov 17, Michael Smith rated it really liked it.
He begins with the origins of the citizen army under the early Republic, made up of soldiers who volunteered as a matter of patriotism.
As conquests expanded, though, and continuous occupation became necessary, a full-time professional army became necessary, made up of career soldiers receiving pay. The ethnic make-up of the army also shifted, with a large percentage of non-Italians being accepted -- though they were still citizens, as the law required -- and with a much greater proportion of non-citizen auxiliaries added to the TO.
Great attention is given to weapons and equipment, and the author is careful to note the many competing theories based on scarce evidence. The nearly illustrations even include photos of modern reenactors, whose experiments and field trials have answered many scholarly questions.
A lovely book, well written and edited, and very useful as a bridge between casual interest and academic study. A good solid general history of the Roman Army. Short history of Rome, how the Army developed through the years, day-to-day life of the soldiers, command structure and charts of a few of the most important battles.
Since when it was published, I'm sure archaeologists and scholars have 'dug up' [pun intended] more and possibly more accurate information. There was not enough on the Late Imperial army to suit me [only 8 pp. The index was barely adequate. The photos, drawings, and diagrams were fantastic!
If you are looking for a terrific, detailed look at the Roman military look no further. It's true that naval warfare and marine engagements are given short shrift, but fighting on water was never the Roman preference anyway. For a look at the legions - for most of Roman history the well-trained, well-equipped, multi-skilled land army - this book is the best you'll find.
The book covers years of history, but the time up to Augustus and the Principate is given only 50 pages or so at the beginn If you are looking for a terrific, detailed look at the Roman military look no further.
The book covers years of history, but the time up to Augustus and the Principate is given only 50 pages or so at the beginning of the book, and late antiquity civil wars, the fall of the West is given even shorter shrift. However, this leaves or so pages of detailed analysis on all aspects of the late-Republic and Imperial army.
This includes equipment and organization, recruitment and training, duty rosters and even what legionnaires did off duty , religion sieges and heavy equipment, logistics and much more. For example, the author talks about the ways that ancient armies greeted each other, their contrasting methods of attempting to intimidate - Germans with war cries, Romans with a near silent, relentless approach until in spear throwing range when they toss, bellow and surge forward.
I've read a lot of Roman history, but I've never had as clear a picture of what a legionnaire did in battle as I did from The Complete Roman Army. In my opinion, the best parts of this book are those that try to get "down and dirty" with ancient soldiers and officers.
A lot of time is spent explaining who these people were, where they came from and what their lives were like. I especially liked how in places the author contrasted the best available evidence with the Hollywood image and explicitly states that "though you've seen that on the big screen, what probably happened is this instead.
Goldworthy explains both strategy and tactics in detail, down to the level of a front line soldier clashing with his enemy. These sections paint a vivid picture of these people's lives, some of the most dangerous and pointed moments of their lives, and makes their world breathe again. This is an excellent book on the subject, good for a read-through and as a check-a-topic reference. If you are interested in the topic check this one out. This is a very good, moderately more then surface level review of the Roman Army during late Imperial times.
It did have a lot of data I hadn't seen before. It included bits and pieces about the day to day life and the uses of certain equipment, what happened after their service, religion and even what they did off duty. It isn't as in-depth as some older works, but it is written to make it easier to understand. It also isn't something to be read like a novel, it has a lot more in common with a c This is a very good, moderately more then surface level review of the Roman Army during late Imperial times.
It also isn't something to be read like a novel, it has a lot more in common with a coffee table type textbook. The art is great though, the writing flows smoothly and I found it pretty nice. It does give somewhat of a short shrift to the Roman Navy, to the early years, and the end years of the Roman Army. However, those are such different periods with different focuses that it might be for best not trying to cover them as well in more detail.
If you like stuff about Rome and the Roman Army, I definitely recommend this. Jul 17, Adam Lofthouse rated it it was amazing. The detail is extraordinary, the facts always stand up when cross referenced. It's superbly written, so even if you are a relative novice which I was when I first read its easy enough to read and engrossing from start to finish.
Four years after I first read it cover to cover there is barely a writing session that goes by when I don't feel the need to pick it up and just double check a fact.
Would also like to give a shout out for the illustrations which are brilliant, and really help to bring to life the words in black an white.
Highly recommend! Een blik in het dagelijkse leven van een Romeinse legionair: Het hoofdstuk over het late West-Romeinse Keizerrijk is zeer summier. Aug 16, Daniel Whitfield rated it it was amazing. Informative and analytical. This book proves why Adrian Goldsworthy is highly regarded in the Roman empire historical community. Oct 29, Rod rated it it was amazing.
Wonderful book. Clear pictures and information, though I would only recommend it to avid Roman adherents.
Mar 16, Luis Sancho rated it really liked it. A very well written, complete yet concise, account of the Roman army. Good illustrations, balanced perspectives. Mar 03, John Warren rated it really liked it. Jul 05, Timothy M rated it it was amazing. After being unable to find it at any bookstore, or check it out at the library, it became the "odd Roman army book" that I couldn't find anywhere, and I couldn't even remember that stupid citation that I had found so intriguing.
I suppose I should add that this book is just pricy enough to make you hesitate whether or not you really want it, and it is also I'd say "accessible" too, but I don't want to dissuade any fellow nerds from checking it out. In just a few pages, Goldsworthy can easily blast through topics which most other authors need one or more chapters' worth of blathering just to half-assedly describe. This is not only because of his excellent, concise writing, but due to illustrations and photographs that are so perfectly selected that it is almost eerie.
Each major phase of the Roman army's history, and the relevant events e. Of particular note is his detailed overview of the pros and cons of the citizen soldier system, as compared to the Marian system, within a few paragraphs why yes, the way he wrote it IS much more interesting!
Any Roman history or military history geek, or even anyone who so much as watched an episode of Rome on HBO without either throwing something at the TV or kicking their dog, will enjoy this book. It even looks nice on a coffee table, especially next to a bunch of snobby, "trying way too hard" coffee table books, bought specifically to impress people!
This book is exceptionally good for a number of reasons. First, it does not confine itself to text descriptions, as it provides an ample set of illustrations that demonstrate aspects like battle formations, weapons, and armour. Second, it spans through all the time of the Roman dominance in Europe. That is, it starts from the early Roman Republic, it continues with the Roman Empire, and it concludes with the late Roman Empire.
Third, it gives a multi-dimensional perspective of the Roman army. It de This book is exceptionally good for a number of reasons. It describes the recruiting system, the battle tactics, the everyday life, the management, the camps, the armours, the weapons, the professions, and the political affiliations with the senators and the Emperor.
I believe that this book is an indispensable aide to anyone interested in the Roman history. Jul 14, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: A very informative and thorough look at the changes of the Roman army from the peasant soldier in the republic to the professional army of the empire all the way through, though to a lesser extent, The "Mercenary" armies of the late antiquity.
It has really interesting chapters on the Roman navy and the life of a individual soldier. My only complaint is that is more a reference book than anything else so it is a bit dry. Perfect for short reads on individual subjects but to read as comprehensive A very informative and thorough look at the changes of the Roman army from the peasant soldier in the republic to the professional army of the empire all the way through, though to a lesser extent, The "Mercenary" armies of the late antiquity.
Perfect for short reads on individual subjects but to read as comprehensive story it just doesn't work. This is by design so its no fault on the author, I just prefer my history books to flow. May 20, Nathan rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Serious Roman Completists. This book is by the same historian who wrote the book Roman Warfare, but isn't quite up to the same standards as the previous book.
It's not very interesting to read although the pictures are pretty , and is a very generalist history of the Roman Army, with virtually no references to other works that would allow further pursuit of the subject matter. I wasn't impressed with the book's organization and am honestly not sure that I made a very good purchase.
It's going to stay in my collection, but This book is by the same historian who wrote the book Roman Warfare, but isn't quite up to the same standards as the previous book. It's going to stay in my collection, but I'm not sure that I'll be opening it up all that much.
Jun 25, Cat Williams rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent book for those who want to know how the Roman Army developed and was used as an expansionist force throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. As the concept of the Army changed, so did the concept of cultural identity for the Romans. Adrian Goldsworthy puts together a day to day view of what it was like to live as a professional soldier in the Roman Legions.
This view of cultural history brings a more personal view to how they lived, their motivations, and how they interacted This is an excellent book for those who want to know how the Roman Army developed and was used as an expansionist force throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. This view of cultural history brings a more personal view to how they lived, their motivations, and how they interacted with one another and the cultures that they came into contact with.
This is an outstanding book with fantastic pictures and line drawings. Goldsworthy describes the Republican army and how it transitioned into the professional force used by the emperors. New in The Complete Roman Army. Description The Complete Roman Army draws on archaeology, ancient art and original documentary sources to present the most convincing picture ever published of the world's most famous fighting machine.
Every aspect of the Roman army, from the daily lives of individual soldiers to the outcome of major campaigns, is explored in five accessible sections. Discussions of key Roman battles, hundreds of illustrations and brief biographies of the great commanders bring the campaigns and personalities to life. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Other books in this series. Add to basket. Complete Japanese Living Language. Complete German Living Language.
Complete Italian Living Language. Complete Spanish Living Language. The Complete Pompeii Joanne Berry. Complete Chinese Living Language. Table of contents Introduction: The Army of Late Antiquity show more. Review quote 'I found myself marvelling at the synthesis of detail and perspective About Adrian Goldsworthy Adrian Goldsworthy is a renowned historian and author.
Among his other books are The Fall of theWest, Caesar: The Life of a Colossus and Roman Warfare. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads.