A Companion to the Roman Army by Paul Erdkamp PDF

By Paul Erdkamp

This significant other offers 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 combating force.

- an intensive 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 during which the Romans fought
- every one bankruptcy is written via a number one professional in a selected subfield and takes account of the most recent scholarly and archaeological examine in that area


"It is a superb educational reference booklet and will end up a worthwhile source for someone attracted to the improvement of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over one thousand years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV historical past, 1 April 2011)

"This ebook is a precious 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 diversity of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional global released by way of Blackwell. The Roman military, as a relevant establishment and impression in such a lot of features of Roman imperial historical past, is an noticeable topic for this kind 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 isn't any effortless activity to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's strength in doing so will be well-known. the amount will fortunately sit down on an instructional bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical overview, October 2008)

“The so much huge and certain top researched assessment at the Roman military that's at present available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The ebook constitutes a very good source for plenty of subject matters in regards to the Roman army…there is way to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is especially worthwhile in delivering up to date money owed of the army's manifold element and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in historical background at Leiden collage. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: battle and foodstuff 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 financial system (2002).

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These in turn were grouped into three sets of ten that were termed tribes: Ramnenses, Titienses, and Luceres. The exact nature, origin, and history of these divisions have been the subject of considerable modern discussion and speculation with little agreement having been reached, but what seems certain is that these tribal and curial units formed the basis of the earliest political and military structure of the Roman state. The earliest organized Roman infantry and cavalry must have been recruited from these divisions: for even in later times when the three archaic tribes and 30 curiae had long lost any meaningful significance, the cavalry units still retained a link to this structure by being organized into multiples of three: namely, the sex suffragia (six votes) and the other 12 centuries of equites equo publico (knights with a public horse) of the comitia centuriata.

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650 on by grave finds and artistic representations. The evidence is thinner for Rome and the other Latin communities, but it seems likely that hoplite equipment came into use there about the same time or soon after its introduction in Etruria. It has usually been thought that the introduction of hoplite equipment led rapidly to a new style of fighting, with the hoplites (heavy-armed troops) massed in close formation (the phalanx), using a thrusting spear as their main offensive weapon and also carrying a short sword.

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