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Early Roman Warfare (Hardback)

From the Regal Period to the First Punic War

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Military

By Jeremy Armstrong
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 2 maps, 9 illustrations
ISBN: 9781781592540
Published: 7th September 2016



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While copious amounts have been written about the Roman army, most study has focussed on the later Republic or the Imperial period when the legionary system was already well-developed. Here Dr. Jeremy Armstrong traces the development of Rome's military might from its earliest discernible origins down to the First Punic War. He shows how her armies evolved from ad hoc forces of warriors organized along clan lines to the sophisticated organization of the legions that went on to dominate all of Italy. Reassessing both the literary sources and the latest archaeological evidence to provide a fresh analysis of Roman military organization, equipment, tactics, and strategy, he shows how Rome's military apparatus adapted to meet the changing strategic needs of new enemies and broader ambitions.

It is an interesting study of how Rome continually adapted and learnt from its neighbours to meet the changing military conditions and conflicts with new enemies, to fulfil its own wider ambitions.

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

A wonderfully rich examination of the earliest days of Roman warfare - of particular interest to me is the equipment they used, and the gradual development of a fighting force that eventually overcame most of the western world. An amazing history.

Books Monthly, Paul Norman

About Jeremy Armstrong

Dr. Jeremy Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Auckland. He has published on various aspects of early Roman history, archaeology, and warfare, including War and Society in Early Rome: From Warlords to Generals (Cambridge, 2016), as well as editing Circum Mare: Themes in Ancient Warfare (Brill, 2016) and co-editing Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World (Brill, 2013).

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