The Bottom Line
- Short yet thorough look at the military
- Simplifies some of the confusing concepts
- Provides tables and graphics to illustrate
- Lots of interesting anecdotes
- Covers only a select few wars and battles
- Short - 239 pages.
- Covers early Rome and its expansion.
- Covers the wars with Carthage.
- Contains maps and a chronology.
- Lots of illustrations: pictures, graphics, maps, tables....
Guide Review - Roman Warfare
In the composition of the military, Rome enlisted soldiers from its recent conquests not only to fight in its auxiliary units, but to instill with Roman values. After the 25-years in imperial military service was ended, the auxiliary soldiers were given citizenship, which meant that when young men back in the city of Rome no longer wished to enlist, Rome still had a plentiful supply. In addition, the foreign soldiers were skilled in techniques in which the native Romans were not, like archery, or could provide expensive services, like cavalry, cheaper than the Romans.
Despite the excellence of its military, Rome stopped expanding, growing little after the death of Augustus. Goldsworthy explains this as the result of the emperor's fear of letting others gain enough prestige to challenge his position.
Roman Warfare is a tight, compact book that covers the basics on the Roman military. It has excellent ancient source references, further references, charts, tables, and a glossary.