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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 10 Up—This informative, well-researched volume skillfully covers the history of this formidable force from the beginnings of the Roman Empire in the eighth century B.C.E. until its fall in the late fifth century A.D. The broad spectrum of subjects, such as the history, culture, and organization of the army; weapons; morale and discipline; renowned soldiers and battles; and the army, both in peacetime and at war, are arranged thematically. Black-and-white photographs complement the text. An appendix detailing rank structure in the army, a user-friendly glossary, a complete bibliography, and an accurate index round out the package. With its scholarly tone, Southern's work is best suited for Advanced Placement World History students.—Hillary Donitz-Goldstein, formerly of the New York Public Library
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Southern knows her readership well and provides an easily accessible introduction to the world of the Roman Army. David W. Madsen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Community learning librarian and experienced scholar Pat Southern presents The Roman Army: A Social And Institutional History, an in-depth, comprehensive examination of a fighting force that lasted nearly 1,000 years. Organized thematically, and drawing heavily upon archaeological and historical evidence including letters from Roman soldiers to their relatives at home, The Roman Army explores the value systems, bureaucracy, traditions, culture, daily life, and much more of this highly organized fighting institution, and the meticulous manner in which payment for the soldiers was calculated with deductions for food, clothing, weapons, and other expenses. A glossary and index round out this fascinating, "must-have" reference for military historians and scholars of the Roman empire.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SkookumPete on January 2, 2008
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This is an excellent survey, covering a broad range of topics that extend somewhat beyond what the subtitle might suggest, such as weaponry. Southern takes into account recent archaeological finds, which continue to modify our view of Roman military history. It's a shame, though, to see what is essentially a scholarly book marred by that bane of sociology texts: inline references rather than footnotes. Don't writers and editors understand that these clutter the text and detract from readability?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bonnie_blu on July 15, 2012
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Although this is a better-than-average review of the Roman army, once again, an author who is a supposed expert on ancient Rome perpetuates the (long disproven) contention that Caesar burned the Alexandrian Library. This kind of error lessens the overall worth of the book.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David A. Storm on October 6, 2008
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I did not enjoy this book as much as her book on the Roman Empire. I never really felt I learned very much after a lot of reading. I appreciate that there are not many sources, does it have to be repeated 1000 times. Make the book shorter if you don't have much to say.
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