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From the Roman army's origins as war bands of farmer-warriors, mounting only brief, seasonal raids against their equally belligerent neighbours, the Romans developed a militia that adopted the weapons and tactics of the Greek phalanx. They then outstripped their rivals for power with the vital innovation of the 'manipular legion', a much more flexible and versatile battle formation. Fuelled by their willpower and resilience, the Romans'social and tactical organization enabled them to sweep away first the rival empire of Carthage and then the Hellenistic armies of the Greek world. Illustrated with battle plans and colour plates of formations and tactical scenarios, this book explains the development of the military machine that enabled Rome to dominate the whole Mediterranean. Book jacket.
Ross Cowan was formerly a research student at the University of Glasgow where he was recently awarded a PhD for a thesis on the Roman army entitled 'Aspects of the Severan Field Army AD 193-238.' The major themes of the thesis are the organisation of the Praetorian Guard and Legio II Parthica, their recruitment, numbers and equipment. Ross also completed his first degree at Glasgow. In 1999 he was elected a fellow of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland. He has previously written Elite 155 Roman Battle Tactics 109 BC-AD 313. The author lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Table of Contents
|Chronology Of Major Conflicts||p. 7|
|Italy Before Rome||p. 10|
|A village called Rome|
|The Age of Kings||p. 13|
|The Age of Conquests||p. 23|
|The western Mediterranean|
|The Greek world|
|The Roman Way of War||p. 30|
|The war band|
|Phalanx versus war band: The Allia, 390 BC|
|The Caudine Forks, 321 BC|
|The manipular legion|
|The triplex acies|
|The gladius and scufum|
|Militia versus mercenary: Cannae, 216 BC|
|Zama, 202 BC|
|Legion versus phalanx: Kynoskephalai, 197 BC|
|Magnesia, 190 BC|
|Pydna, 168 BC|
|Select Bibliography||p. 63|
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