The Roman army : a social and institutional history / Pat Southern.

  • Oxford, [England] ; New York, New York : Oxford University Press 2007
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1 online resource (398 p.)
  • 0-19-804401-1
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English
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  • Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; List of Maps; 1 INTRODUCTION; Sources; Archaeological Sources; Papyrus Records and Writing Tablets; Epigraphic Records; Sculpture; Diplomas; Coins; Literary Sources; 2 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND; Geopolitical Considerations; Demography; Politics, Domestic and International; Recurrent Themes in the Political Agenda of the Late Republic; Imperial Politics; The Components of Roman Political Organization; Economy and Finance; Civil-Military Relations; Value Systems; 3 THE ROMAN ARMY; Origins; The Army of the Roman Republic; Organizational Structure; The Legions
  • Elite or Special UnitsGuard Troops: The Praetorian Guard; Guard Troops: The Equites Singulares; Troops in Rome: The Urban Cohorts and the Vigiles; The Auxiliary Units; Camel Riders (Dromedarii); The National Numeri; Officers; Senatorial Officers; Equestrian Officers; Camp Prefect; Primus Pilus; Centurions; Other Ranks; Recruitment; Training and Indoctrination; Promotion; 4 CULTURE OF THE ROMAN ARMY; Physiognomy; Ethnic and Racial Composition; Legionaries; Auxiliaries; Women; Morale and Discipline; Military Justice System; Punishments; Desertion; Leaves and Furloughs; Traditions
  • Unit Esprit de CorpsDecorations and Medals; Uniforms; Military Music; Holidays and Observances; Veterans; Pensions; 5 THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR; Doctrine and Strategy; Forts and Frontiers; Tactics and Operational Concepts; Order of March; Marching Camps and Temporary Camps; Battle; Planning and Staff Work; Command and Control; Combined Arms Operations; 6 TOOLS OF WAR; Weaponry; The Pilum; The Lancea; Bows and Arrows; The Gladius; The Spatha; The Pugio; Artillery; Slingshots and Stones; Logistics and Transport; Intelligence; Communications; Military Medicine; Technology; Cartography
  • 7 THE LATE ROMAN ARMYPolitical Developments; Field Armies and Frontier Armies; Command; Officers and Men; Weapons and Equipment; Fortifications; 8 GREAT SOLDIERS AND BATTLES; Famous Generals; Generals of the Late Republic; Imperial Generals; Heroes from the Other Ranks; Famous Battles and Campaigns; Pharsalus, 48 BC; Philippi, 42 BC; Britain in AD 60: Suetonius Paullinus and the Defeat of Boudicca; Britain in AD 83/84: Gnaeus Julius Agricola and Mons Graupius; Trajan and the Dacian Campaigns; Severus and the Eastern Campaigns; 9 CURRENT ASSESSMENT
  • Major Problems in the Study of the Roman ArmyFurther Directions of Research on the Roman Army; Appendix; Glossary; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author
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  • Attractively illustrated, this book offers a fascinating look at the life of the Roman soldier, drawing on everything from Rome's rich historical and archaeological record to soldier's personal correspondence to depictions of military subjects in literature and art. Written by a leading authority on Roman military history, this fascinating volume spans over a thousand years as it offers a memorable picture of one of the world's most noted fighting forces, paying special attention to the life of the common soldier.

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