Rome and the Sword

Rome and the Sword The story of Rome and its military seems a familiar one told often through books and movies and games yet it is a modern myth obscuring a different reality As this groundbreaking study demonstrates

  • Title: Rome and the Sword
  • Author: SimonJames
  • ISBN: 9780500251829
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story of Rome and its military seems a familiar one, told often through books and movies and games, yet it is a modern myth obscuring a different reality As this groundbreaking study demonstrates, Rome s military was no war machine made up of mindless cogs There was not even an ancient term for the Roman army rather, Romans spoke of the soldiers of men, not institThe story of Rome and its military seems a familiar one, told often through books and movies and games, yet it is a modern myth obscuring a different reality As this groundbreaking study demonstrates, Rome s military was no war machine made up of mindless cogs There was not even an ancient term for the Roman army rather, Romans spoke of the soldiers of men, not institutions.Simon James provides a striking new perspective on Roman history by focusing on the soldiers and their actions Rome s soldiers were less sentinels of civilization than enforcers for aristocrats and autocrats against foreign foes and internal dissent They were brutal and unruly, prone to mutiny and rebellion How, then, to account for their sustained success and their eventual failure Rome s dominion was achieved through soldiers ferocity and excellent weaponry, but to maintain it the conquered were integrated, as diplomacy accompanied the threat of the sword Millions of allies and subjects became Romans themselves through military service Nevertheless, the aggression of Rome s soldiers precipitated the creation of a new Sasanian superpower in Iran and great barbarian confederations in the North.

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    1. This is one of the best books about ancient Roman history that I have read, and I've read hundreds. James explores the development of Rome by focusing on soldiers and their weaponry, especially the gladius (the legionary sword). He expertly details how the transition from a seasonal army made up of citizens to a standing professional army both reflected social conditions and influenced them. Roman soldiers (Romans did not have a word for "military") were the "stick" that stood ready to enforce t [...]

    2. James, an archaeologist, traces the evolution of the Roman Army and its weapons (particularly blades) from the early Republic to Justinian, explaining the evolution of technology, production capability and infrastructure as Rome encountered enemies with different forms and tools. His sources are not just the standard ancient histories and military manuals, but also the swords tossed into bodies of water as offerings, digs in Roman forts, the career c.v.s on solider tombstones and depictions on m [...]

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