Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea (Kindle)
Egypt was the last of the Macedonian Successor states to be swallowed up by Roman expansion. The Ptolemaic rulers had allied themselves to Rome while their rivals went down fighting. However, Cleopatra's famous love affair with Marc Antony ensured she was on the wrong side of the Roman civil war between him and Octavian (later to become Caesar Augustus). After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium, Octavian swiftly brought Egypt under direct Roman control, though it took several campaigns to fully subjugate the whole country. These campaigns have previously been largely neglected.
Judaea was a constant source of trouble for the Romans, as it had been for the Seleucids, the previous overlords of the region. The Romans at first were content to rule through client kings like the infamous Herod but were increasingly sucked in to direct military involvement to suppress religiously-inspired revolts.
John Grainger's clear narrative and insightful analysis of these campaigns allows the reader to understand how Rome eventually brought this strategically vital region fully within their empire.
Grainger has an engaging writing style that makes the book accessible and is a suitable textbook for graduate graduate students and undergraduate seminars. It also offers an excellent overview of the subject for scholars unfamiliar with the histories of these countries.Society of Ancient Military Historians
This is a fascinating read and helps explain why the expansion of the Roman Empire came to an end.History of War
Grainger's style is an excellent blend of scholarship and readability. This is an excellent work, illuminating an era which is frequently glossed over or marked by popular misconceptions.Ancient Warfare