A Companion to the Roman Army by Paul Erdkamp

By Paul Erdkamp

This significant other presents an in depth account of the Roman military, exploring its function in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a scuffling 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 computer – 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 way of a number one specialist in a specific subfield and takes account of the most recent scholarly and archaeological examine in that area

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"It is a superb educational reference publication and may turn out a useful 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 background, 1 April 2011)

"This publication is a necessary 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 international released by means of Blackwell. The Roman military, as a crucial establishment and effect in such a lot of elements of Roman imperial background, is an visible topic for this type of quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a powerful diversity of overseas authors, and the scholarship is of a truly excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)

“It is not any effortless activity to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's strength in doing so can be well-known. the amount will fortunately sit down on a tutorial bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical evaluate, October 2008)

“The such a lot large and sure most sensible researched evaluation at the Roman military that's presently available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and updated survey…The publication constitutes a good source for lots of issues in regards to the Roman army…there is way to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”
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"It is especially worthwhile in supplying up to date bills of the army's manifold element and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)

Author Information
Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in historic background at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: battle and meals offer 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 system (2002).

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The supposed recession may be doubted: the decline in pottery imports (a regional phenomenon) and temple foundations are hardly certain indicators. Debt agitation is in fact attested in phases when we have identified comparatively high levels of warfare: in 494/3, and then not again until the fourth century (agitation from 385 and debt-relief measures in 367–342). There was evidently much peasant land-hunger. The sources report frequent unsuccessful agitation for the distribution of public land in the fifth century, but the narratives are couched in terms which reflect the controversies of the late republic, and whether they have any authentic content is a matter of dispute.

The supposed recession may be doubted: the decline in pottery imports (a regional phenomenon) and temple foundations are hardly certain indicators. Debt agitation is in fact attested in phases when we have identified comparatively high levels of warfare: in 494/3, and then not again until the fourth century (agitation from 385 and debt-relief measures in 367–342). There was evidently much peasant land-hunger. The sources report frequent unsuccessful agitation for the distribution of public land in the fifth century, but the narratives are couched in terms which reflect the controversies of the late republic, and whether they have any authentic content is a matter of dispute.

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