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The Roman Army: A History 753BC-AD476

The Roman Army: A History 753BC-AD476 (Hardback)

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The Roman Army reigned supreme for over 1,000 years. From Britain to Syria, and from the Rhine and Danube to North Africa, there is abundant evidence of the activities of its legionaries and auxiliary soldiers. After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC Augustus turned the troops of the Republic into the world's first major standing army, recruiting soldiers from all over the Roman world. Around a third of a million men policed and protected the Empire, eventually guarding frontiers like Hadrian's Wall. This book covers the complete history of the Roman Army from 753 BC to AD 476, including its successes and failures against Rome's enemies such as Gauls, Carthaginians, Goths and Persians.



Life in the Roman Army was not all about fighting battles. Soldiers, centurions and commanding officers left behind a variety of documents, many of which are used in this book to reconstruct their daily lives and their combat experience.

Patricia Southern was educated at Altrincham County Grammar School for Girls and at London and Newcastle upon Tyne Universities. She has always had a lifelong interest in the Romans and the Roman army and has written several books, the first two with author Karen Dixon, The Roman Cavalry and The Late Roman Army. Her later books include biographies of Augustus, Domitian, Mark Antony, Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus, and historical works Roman Britain and Ancient Rome, both published by Amberley.

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