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Rome & the sword : how warriors & weapons shaped Roman history

Author: Simon James
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A pathbreaking study that integrates military theory with the historical account to explain how the Roman armies functioned, triumphed, and ultimately failed.
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Genre/Form: Military history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon James
ISBN: 9780500251829 0500251827
OCLC Number: 751830157
Description: 328 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Forging the Roman sword --
Obsessed with victory --
'Our weapons and armour' --
Deadly embraces --
Empire of the soldiers --
Swords of God.
Other Titles: Rome and the sword
Responsibility: Simon James.

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The rise of Rome depended on fearsome military prowess, backed up by an unprecedented willingness to accept conquered enemies into society as Romans. This combination of the sword and the open hand  Read more...

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[The author is] at his best when he discusses weapons of various types and their development over the long span of Rome's rise to dominance in the Mediterranean and Europe.

 
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Great for fans of History and Archaeology

by timhosford (WorldCat user published 2013-08-05) Very Good Permalink

Impressively easy to read given all of the detail and historical background the author provides, this book is a must read for any fan of Roman and European history. Interspersed with segments detailing the development of Roman weaponry, the author particularly focuses on the role of the milites,...
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