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A Companion to the Roman Army Hardcover – March 12, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1405121538 ISBN-10: 140512153X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140512153X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405121538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,628,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is an excellentacademic reference book and should prove a valuable resource foranyone interested in the development of the Roman Army as well asits interactions over a thousand years with the Empire it bothserved and influenced". (UNRV History, 1 April 2011)

“This book,another in the burgeoning special series from Blackwell Publishing,is an unqualified success. Rather than a simple assemblage ofvaguely related, overspecialized academic papers, it is truly whatits title promises--a companion.” (Michigan War Studies, May2010)

"This book is a valuable work for the reference shelf and abible for military buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This volume is another in the growing range of period- ortopic-focused Companions to the Ancient World published byBlackwell. The Roman army, as a central institution and influencein so many aspects of Roman imperial history, is an obvious subjectfor such a volume. Like other volumes in the series, this oneboasts an impressive range of international authors, and thescholarship is of a very high order.” (New EnglandClassical Journal, February 2009)

“It is no easy task to commission and co-ordinate 29separate contributions, and the editor's energy in doing so shouldbe recognized. The volume will happily sit on an academic bookshelf… as a handy compendium of the views of the individualauthors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, October2008)

“The most extensive and likely best researched overview onthe Roman army that is currently available.”
(Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up-to-date survey…Thebook constitutes an outstanding resource for many topics concerningthe Roman army…there is much to interest laymen…andscholars alike.”
(Choice)

"It is particularly valuable in providing up-to-date accounts ofthe army's manifold aspect and the bibliographies to support them."(Scholia Reviews)

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"This book is a valuable work for the reference shelf and a biblefor military buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This volume is another in the growing range of period- ortopic-focused Companions to the Ancient World published byBlackwell. The Roman army, as a central institution and influencein so many aspects of Roman imperial history, is an obvious subjectfor such a volume. Like other volumes in the series, this oneboasts an impressive range of international authors, and thescholarship is of a very high order.” (New EnglandClassical Journal, February 2009)

“It is no easy task to commission and co-ordinate 29separate contributions, and the editor's energy in doing so shouldbe recognized. The volume will happily sit on an academic bookshelf… as a handy compendium of the views of the individualauthors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, October2008)

“The most extensive and likely best researched overview onthe Roman army that is currently available.” (AncientWarfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up-to-date survey…Thebook constitutes an outstanding resource for many topics concerningthe Roman army…there is much to interest laymen…andscholars alike.”
(Choice)

"It is particularly valuable in providing up-to-date accounts ofthe army's manifold aspect and the bibliographies to support them."(Scholia Reviews)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. L. Powell on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while a book is published that becomes a standard reference work for students for its day. Edited by Paul Erdkamp, research fellow in ancient history at Leiden University is 'A Companion to the Roman Army' (Blackwell Press, Oxford, 2007) which promises to be such a book for the noughties. This is a collection of twenty-nine papers by distinguished international scholars, amongst whom contributors include Anthony Birley, Hugh Elton, Oliver Stoll and Michael Whitby. The papers are arranged in four sections: Early Rome, Mid- and Late Republic, The Empire (Actium to Adrianople) and The Late Roman Empire (to Justinian). As the sleeve copy states:

"The expert contributors to this volume delve into this culture, offering an extensive account of the Roman army, from its beginnings to its transformation in the later Roman Empire. Taking account of the latest scholarly and archaeological research, they examine the recruitment, training, organization, tactics, and weaponry that contributed to Rome's effectiveness as a fighting machine."

Precisely because the book is made of papers narrowly focused on particular subjects by specialists in those areas, this is a veritable treasury of material. Beyond the organisational and arms and armour aspects typically discussed in books on the Roman army, the contributors "explore the ecological, economic, social and political factors that help to explain the characteristic features of the army and its development over time". Indeed, the development of arms and armour receives only relatively cursory examination within the individual papers ('body armour' is discussed on as many pages as, for example, 'Arabia' according to the index).
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