By Paul Erdkamp
This spouse offers an in depth 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 desktop – 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 within which the Romans fought
- each one bankruptcy is written through a number one professional in a selected subfield and takes account of the newest scholarly and archaeological study in that area
"It is a wonderful educational reference booklet and may end up a priceless source for someone attracted to the advance of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over one thousand years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV heritage, 1 April 2011)
"This e-book is a worthwhile paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)
“This quantity is one other within the turning out to be variety of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional international released through Blackwell. The Roman military, as a primary establishment and impression in such a lot of points of Roman imperial heritage, is an visible topic for this sort of quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent diversity of foreign authors, and the scholarship is of a truly excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)
“It isn't any effortless activity to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's strength in doing so will be famous. the quantity will fortunately sit down on an educational bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical evaluate, October 2008)
“The so much broad and sure top researched evaluation at the Roman military that's at present available.” (Ancient Warfare)
"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The booklet constitutes an exceptional source for plenty of issues in regards to the Roman army…there is way to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”
"It is very worthy in offering updated debts of the army's manifold element and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)
Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in historical historical past at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: battle and nutrition provide in Roman Republican Wars (264–30 BC) (1998) and The Grain industry within the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of The Roman military and the economic climate (2002).
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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. Livy’s and Dionysius’ accounts of the subsequent warfare must ACTC01 8/12/06 11:16 AM Page 12 12 John Rich exaggerate the subordination of the Latins and Hernici to the Romans, but it is doubtful whether the allied forces ever served under a non-Roman commander. Most importantly, the alliances lasted. 11 Livy and Dionysius report very frequent conflict with the Sabines, Volsci, and Aequi, usually represented as starting with enemy raiding on the territory of the Romans or their allies.
It is not a difficulty that Roman coinage did not begin for another century: the payments could have been made in weighed bronze. But most warfare then still consisted of short, local campaigns, and the extended Samnite Wars of the later fourth century are a more likely context for the introduction of regular pay, although some payments may have been made to those manning the Veii siege. 19–26), a century and a half later. In this system the citizen troops were brigaded in legions of at least 4,500 men, of which the heavy infantry comprised at least 3,000.
In 381, at a hint of resistance, the strategically vital town of Tusculum was absorbed into the Roman citizen body, an unprecedented step for a community of this size. This peremptory act may have prompted the rebellion of Praeneste, defeated in 380. Further conflict followed in the mid-century: warfare is reported with the Hernici in 362–358 and with Tibur and Praeneste in 361–354. Widespread disaffection continued, and was to erupt in 340 in general revolt. When that rebellion was crushed in 338, most of the Latins, and many Campanians and Volsci, were incorporated into the Roman citizen body, a radical initiative which transformed the character of the Roman state and provided the springboard for the conquest of Italy.