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The Logistics of the Roman Army at War, (264 B.C., A.D. 235) (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition) Hardcover – November, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-9004112711 ISBN-10: 9004112715 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub; 1St Edition edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004112715
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004112711
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,948,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...the first accessible account of this fascinating subject in English, R.'s book is guaranteed a place on every Roman military bookshelf.' Duncan B. Campbell, Journal of Roman Studies, 2000. '...a major contribution to the study of an important aspect of the functioning of the Roman army.' Israel Shatzman, Scripta Classica Israelica, 2000. '...this is the most comprehensive and detailed investigation on the subject to appear in English.' Stefan G. Chrissanthos, Ancient History Bulletin, 1999.

About the Author

Jonathan P. Roth, Ph.D. (1991) in History, Columbia University, is an Assistant Professor of History at San Jose State University. He has published a number of articles on Roman military history and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Ancient Military Historians.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Peters on April 21, 2004
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With a book this expensive you would think they could have found a decent editor, but such is not the case. This book is filled with hundreds of grammar and spelling errors (at times several on a single page) that would have been caught by even the most casual editorial review or even a read-through by an English 101 student. The editor of this volume (William V. Harris) should be ashamed to have his name attached to it.
If bad editing does not bother you, then I can recommend this book with five stars. It retreads a lot of ground in the field, but the author deftly combines a number of sources into a unified whole. Although by no means worth the $135 if you are simply a casual reader, the first two chapters alone (1. Supply Needs and Rations, 2. Packs, Trains and Servants) make the book *well* worth it for military historians hungry for hard numbers and thoughtful extrapolation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arnold L. Roberts on July 17, 2009
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For me this was a VERY expensive book, but it provided me with the answer to the question of not what the roman army did but how they were able to get their troops to the right place, at the right time and in condition to whip their opponents. Parts of this book reminded me of the Red Ball Express feeding Patton's army after his breakout. I highly recommend it to those who want to go beyond the "who" and the "what" of Roman military history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bonnie_blu on April 25, 2012
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Roth's book is an exceptional analysis of the logistical capabilities of the Roman Republic and Empire from the Punic Wars to the Principate. The book covers all aspects of logistics, including food, water, firewood, cavalry horses, pack animals, metal, clothing, medical care, artillery, etc. Roth also clearly shows how innovative the Roman logistical system was and how its absolutely amazing efficiency was more than a little responsible for the army's successes. No state had ever developed the full-fledged logistical system that the Romans did, and no state would until modern times. This book is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in ancient Roman military history.

My only complaint about this very expensive book is that the editing is terrible. There are so many editing errors, that I hope the publisher and/or author got their money back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on November 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Originally published in 1999, in a very pricey hardback format, The Logistics of the Roman Army at War established Prof. Roth (San Jose State)as one of the ablest of recent scholars of the Roman armed forces. This somewhat revised soft cover edition makes his excellent work available to a wider readership. Covering the period from the Punic Wars through the onset of the Crisis of the Third Century, the book overturns many long-held "facts" about Roman rations, notably that the legionaries conquered the world on a diet consisting mostly of bread, with a handful of vegetables, shunning meat. Roth, also the author of Roman Warfare, examines a wide range of matters, not merely the food supply; physical condition of a Roman soldier, ration requirements for various types of units, including staffs and camp followers, the types, variations, sources, and preparation of food stuffs, water, wine, and oil requirements, animal fodder, and more. He also offers a look at the administrative side of Roman logistics, from procurement to transportation, and examines differences between the army in camp and the army on campaign, as it evolved over some 500 years. This is one of the most valuable recent works on the Roman army.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Einhorn on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Detailed and of interest to those who want an in depth look at the subject matter.

For example - the length of the columns and spacing meant that the rear had not left the camp by the time the van reached the new camp grounds.

I was able to read a copy at the library. The market price was $120 (direct from the author) at the time, perhaps 10- 12 years ago.
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