The Army of the Roman Republic (Paperback)
From the Regal Period to the Army of Julius Caesar
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From the moment its last king was expelled (traditionally in 753) the Roman republic had to fight for its very survival. Centuries of almost continuous warfare saw Rome’s armies evolve in response to a wide variety of threats which were met with mixed fortunes though always with ultimate success. As defence of the homeland turned to territorial expansion, Roman forces also had to adapt to sustained campaigns in varied terrain and climates, not to mention the changes in the Roman republic itself.
Michael Sage traces the development of the republic’s army from its foundation (having first set the context of their regal antecedents), down to the time of its most famous leader, Julius Caesar. The transition from clan-based forces, through the ‘Servian’ levy and the development of the manipular and cohortal legion is examined along with the associated weapons, tactics and operational capabilities. We see how the legions shaped up against the challenges of successive enemies from the Celts and Samnites, the Carthaginians and the hitherto-dominant Hellenistic armies based on the Macedonian-style pike phalanx.
Originally published in a hardcover edition in 2018, "The Army of the Roman Republic: From the Regal Period to the Army of Julius Caesar" by Professor Michael Sage is now available in paperback, as well as in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99). Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a ten page Bibliography, thirty-four pages of Notes, and an eleven page Index, "The Army of the Roman Republic" is especially recommended to the attention of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, as well as a community Roman History collections and academic supplemental curriculum Roman Military History studies lists.Midwest Book Review
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As featured 'on the shelf' with Neil SmithWargames Illustrated, June 2017