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The Roman Army

A Social and Institutional History

The Roman Army by Pat Southern
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This wide-ranging study of the Roman army covers its political, historical, and social aspects as well as its peacetime occupations and its operation in war. From city-state to Republic to Empire, Rome's army embodied the nation it protected and expanded. But beyond the battlefield, the Roman army was a fundamental social force as well. It became the first full-time standing army, offering steady pay and pensions, while providing an essential career path for ambitious men from the upper echelons of society. What were the secrets behind the greatest army of all time? "The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History" offers a revealing portrait of a legendary fighting force in peacetime and at war from a soldier's-eye view. Organized thematically, it explores the army's history, culture, and organization, while providing fascinating details of the soldier's daily life and of the army's interactions with citizens, politicians, and the inhabitants of conquered territories.

Written by a leading scholar of Roman military history, "The Roman Army" helps readers appreciate the distinctive traits that helped the army sustain itself for nearly 1,000 years, including its adaptability (soldiers did civilian police and military duty and the army continually modified its tactics and weapons), as well as its training methods, compensation system, strict regimen of punishment and rewards, and its skill at "Romanizing" foreign lands. Readers will also see how historians pieced together their understanding of the army's way of life, drawing on everything from Rome's rich historical record to depictions of military subjects in literature and art.

ABC-CLIO; January 2006
398 pages; ISBN 9781851097357
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Title: The Roman Army
Author: Pat Southern
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