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The Auxilia of the Roman Imperial Army Hardcover – October 4, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: LEONAUR (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857063316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857063311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "classicus" on August 17, 2000
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Cheesman's book on the auxiliary soldiers of the Roman army was originaly published in 1914. At the time, little was known about these non-citizen soldiers who fought alongside the men of the Roman legions, and the book was rightly hailed as a breakthrough in Roman army studies. Eighty-six years later, this study is still the best introduction to the topic, and most of Cheesman's ideas about the development of the auxiliary units from a series of ad-hoc levies to regular and permanent formations, have stood up well in the face of more recent scholarship (most notably P.A. Holder's "Studies in the Auxilia of the Roman Army", and D.B. Saddington's "The Development of the Roman Auxiliary Forces"). Although the information on individual auxiliary units contained in the appendices has been rendered outdated through the accretion of evidence since the writing of the book, it continues to hold its position as one of the cannonical works in the study of the non-citizen units of the Roman army. Cheesman's clear and lucid style, and his insightful analysis of the topic, makes this a useful book for both specialists and non-specialists alike. I heartily recomend it to anyone with an interest in the Roman military.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc _in_New_Orleans on April 14, 2012
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I knew that axillary units were similar to but different from roman legionaires but I didn't appreciate the details of why this was so. This book answered those questions for me. I wanted the details becasue I am interested in developing skirmish gaming rules. I think this is a great refernce for this purpose.
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By rly on October 21, 2013
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This a good book about a subject that has very little info in the general public domain. The book though is not for a person with a casual interest in Roman military history, Osprey and other books of that type fill that middle passage. This book is for people who have completed that passage and are looking for more concise (dry) and historical information. I would compare this work to some works by authors Southern and Dixon. As much as I like the Eagle series of books this isn't for the fan looking for something similar.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damian Dodge on May 20, 2013
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Not a bad book, definitely filled the gap a bit for information on the auxiliary of the Roman Empire. It is shame their isn't anything out there more in depth.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Muirhead on May 19, 2013
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This would be an excellent book for someone who really wants to research the details of Roman auxilia titles, organisation and provincial deployments. It is an excellent reference source for particular auxlia units.

The organisation and operational deployment of auxilia are covered quite well, but all the detail and a rather dead writing style make the book a less-satisfying read for the interested lay reader than it could have been.

But the book is Ok if you already have some acquaintance with Roman military history - or as a companion to related books such as "The Military Institutions of the Romans".
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