Paul Erdkamp's A Companion to the Roman Army PDF

By Paul Erdkamp

This spouse offers an intensive account of the Roman military, exploring its position in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a combating force.

- an in depth account of the Roman military, from its beginnings to its transformation within the later Roman Empire
- Examines the military as an army laptop – its recruitment, education, association, strategies and weaponry
- Explores the connection of the military to Roman politics, economics and society extra broadly
- Considers the geography and weather of the lands during which the Romans fought
- each one bankruptcy is written by means of a number one specialist in a specific subfield and takes account of the newest scholarly and archaeological study in that area


"It is a superb educational reference e-book and may end up a invaluable source for somebody drawn to the improvement of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over 1000 years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV historical past, 1 April 2011)

"This e-book is a beneficial paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This quantity is one other within the transforming into variety of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional global released via Blackwell. The Roman military, as a imperative establishment and effect in such a lot of features of Roman imperial background, is an visible topic for this sort of quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent variety of overseas authors, and the scholarship is of a really excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)

“It is not any effortless job to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's power in doing so may be famous. the quantity will fortunately sit down on a tutorial bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical assessment, October 2008)

“The such a lot vast and certain top researched evaluation at the Roman military that's at the moment available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and updated survey…The publication constitutes a very good source for plenty of themes in regards to the Roman army…there is far to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is very beneficial in supplying updated money owed of the army's manifold point and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in old historical past at Leiden collage. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: conflict and nutrition offer in Roman Republican Wars (264–30 BC) (1998) and The Grain marketplace within the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of The Roman military and the economic climate (2002).

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Musti, D. 1992. “L’immagine dei Volsci nella storiografia antica,” Quaderni del Centro di Studi per l’Archeologia Etrusco-Italica 20: 25–31. Oakley, S. P. 1985. “Single combat in the Roman Republic,” CQ 35: 392–410. —— 1993. “The Roman conquest of Italy,” in J. Rich and G. ), War and Society in the Roman World. London, 9–37. —— 1997–2005. A Commentary on Livy Books VI–X. Oxford. Ogilvie, R. M. 1965. A Commentary on Livy Books 1–5. Oxford. Raaflaub, K. A. 1996. “Born to be wolves? Origins of Roman imperialism,” in R.

However, this hypothesis, like the view that the Roman army was originally composed of clan leaders and their retinues, rests on highly problematic assumptions about the role and importance of the gentes in early times. The only evidence for a gens engaging in warfare on its own is the story of the disaster suffered by the Fabii at the Cremera (the Tiber tributary on which Veii itself stood) during the republic’s first war with Veii. According to most sources, in 479 some 306 Fabii manned a fort there accompanied (in some accounts) by 4,000 or 5,000 dependents, but in 477 they were ambushed, and only one Fabius survived.

10 The Latins were decisively defeated at Lake Regillus (probably located northwest of Tusculum; the battle is dated to 499 by Livy or 496 by Dionysius). A few years later, treaties of alliance were concluded first with the Latins and then with the Hernici, who lived in the upper valley of the Sacco, separated from the Tiber Valley by the watershed between the Alban Hills and Praeneste. According to tradition, both treaties were negotiated by Spurius Cassius, in respectively 493 and 486. The treaties were probably formally equal, but it was a mark of the Romans’ preeminence that the other Latin communities collectively made a bilateral agreement with the republic.

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