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Book Title: The Roman Army at War, 100 BC-AD 200|
The author of the book: Adrian Goldsworthy
ISBN 13: 9780198150909
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Edition: Clarendon Press
Date of issue: September 3rd 1998
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This book is nothing less than a revolutionary analysis of the Roman legions and their auxiliaries at war. Goldsworthy deconstructs current theories about how the Roman legions waged war and shows how comparisons to modern armies leads to erroneous conclusions. He calls for historians to thoroughly consider the individual legionary, the culture within which he lived, the Roman culture as a whole, and specifically how Roman culture viewed war, courage, honor, and glory. A thoroughly riveting read.
Note: This is a very thorough analysis and is not for an amateur historian or a casual reader. At least a basic knowledge of Latin is needed, as well as, a firm grounding in Roman history, especially as it pertains to the legions, the men who led them, and the wars they fought.
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Read information about the authorAdrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff. He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history. His D.Phil. Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC - AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle.
For several years he taught in a number of universities, and began to write for a wider audience. A succession of books followed dealing with aspects of ancient military history, including Roman Warfare, The Punic Wars (which was later re-issued as the Fall of Carthage), Cannae, In the Name of Rome and the Complete Roman Army. More recently he has looked at wider themes, combining the military focus with discussion of politics and society in a biography of Caesar, and a study of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, titled How Rome Fell (although released in the UK as The Fall of the West). His latest book is a paired biography of Antony and Cleopatra.
He is now a full time writer, and no longer teaches, although he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle. However, he frequently gives one off lectures and talks both to universities and other groups in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe. In the last couple of years audiences have included local history societies, graduates and undergraduates in a range of countries, the cadets of VMI, and the distinguished cast of a new production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. He frequently appears as a talking head or presenter in TV documentaries and has acted as consultant on both documentaries and dramas. He will appear in six of the eight episodes of the forthcoming When Rome ruled series for National Geographic. He often appears on radio.
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