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The Republican Roman Army: A Sourcebook [Paperback]

Michael M. Sage
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June 28, 2008 0415178800 978-0415178808 1

The Republican Roman Army assembles a wide range of source material and introduces the latest scholarship on the evolution of the Roman Army and the Roman experience of war. The author has carefully selected and translated key texts, many of them not previously available in English, and provided them with comprehensive commentaries and essays.

This wide-ranging survey of documents recreates the social and historical framework in which ancient Roman warfare took place – from the Archaic and Servian period through to the Late Republic. The topics addressed extend beyond the conventional questions of army mechanics such as strategy and tactics, and explore questions such as the army’s influence on Roman society and its economy.

Complete with notes, index and bibliography, The Republican Roman Army provides students of Ancient and Military History with an unprecedented survey of relevant materials.


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Michael M. Sage received his Ph. D from the University of Toronto in 1973 and has been a member of the faculty of Classics at the University of Cincinnati since 1975.


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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415178800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415178808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A book by a scholar for scholars February 21, 2014
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This is a book by a serious scholar that might be useful only to other very serious scholars. Those lacking a PhD in ancient Roman history may sometimes feel that each page contains more hair-splitting details than the page before it.

There are NO diagrams, pictures, photos, or illustrations.The vocabulary is sometimes intimidating. (I have a bachelor's degree; I'm a summa cum laude graduate. I've vacationed in Rome and Athens and enjoyed lectures given by scholars with PhD's in Ancient Roman Studies. However, I found Dr. Sage's vocabulary to be unnecessarily complex.)

Even the overviews expect the reader to have knowledge of the subject matter and the vocabulary.
Those who are looking for pleasurable reading should look elsewhere (perhaps to Roth's ROMAN WARFARE).
Those interested in near microscopic precision will admire this book.
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