Rome & The Sword : How Warriors & Weapons Shaped Roman History (Hardcover)

Author: James, Simon

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A pathbreaking study that integrates military theory with the historical account to explain how the Roman armies functioned, triumphed, and ultimately failed.


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780500251829
SKU 220942232
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0500251827
Release Date 10/24/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1.5T
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Editors Note The story of Rome and its military seems a familiar one, told often through books and movies and games, yet it is a modern myth obscuring a different reality. As this groundbreaking study demonstrates, Rome's military was no war machine made up of mindless cogs. There was not even an ancient term for the Roman army; rather, Romans spoke of "the soldiers"-of men, not institutions.Simon James provides a striking new perspective on Roman history by focusing on the soldiers and their actions. Rome's soldiers were less sentinels of civilization than enforcers for aristocrats and autocrats against foreign foes and internal dissent. They were brutal and unruly, prone to mutiny and rebellion. How, then, to account for their sustained success and their eventual failure?Rome's dominion was achieved through soldiers' ferocity and excellent weaponry, but to maintain it the conquered were integrated, as diplomacy accompanied the threat of the sword. Millions of allies and subjects became Romans themselves through military service. Nevertheless, the aggression of Rome's soldiers precipitated the creation of a new Sasanian superpower in Iran and great barbarian confederations in the North.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0328
Publisher Thames & Hudson
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