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By Paul Erdkamp

This spouse presents an intensive account of the Roman military, exploring its function in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a struggling with 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 via 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 booklet and may turn out a necessary source for somebody drawn 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 booklet is a priceless paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This quantity is one other within the becoming variety of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional global released by way of Blackwell. The Roman military, as a valuable establishment and effect in such a lot of points of Roman imperial heritage, is an visible topic for one of these quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent variety of foreign authors, and the scholarship is of a really excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)

“It isn't any effortless job to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's power in doing so can be well-known. the quantity will fortunately take a seat on a tutorial bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical assessment, October 2008)

“The so much wide and sure most sensible researched evaluation at the Roman military that's at the moment available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and updated survey…The publication constitutes a great source for lots of subject matters about the Roman army…there is way to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is especially necessary in supplying updated debts of the army's manifold element and the bibliographies to aid them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in historical heritage at Leiden college. 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 system (2002).

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59–60) records its introduction, funded by direct taxation, in c. 406 at around the time of the start of the siege of Veii. 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.

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However, in that case they would have had little political muscle, and there is no good reason to reject the sources’ view that the plebs comprised all non-patricians. As we have seen, the make-up of the army was probably diverse, and all levels were probably represented both in the plebeian movement and among their opponents. 21 However, as we have seen, most of the fifth century was probably relatively peaceful. The supposed recession may be doubted: the decline in pottery imports (a regional phenomenon) and temple foundations are hardly certain indicators.

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