This companion provides an extensive account of the Roman army, exploring its role in Roman politics and society as well as the reasons for its effectiveness as a fighting force.
- An extensive account of the Roman army, from its beginnings to its transformation in the later Roman Empire
- Examines the army as a military machine – its recruitment, training, organization, tactics and weaponry
- Explores the relationship of the army to Roman politics, economics and society more broadly
- Considers the geography and climate of the lands in which the Romans fought
- Each chapter is written by a leading expert in a particular subfield and takes account of the latest scholarly and archaeological research in that area
Paul Erdkamp is Research Fellow in Ancient History at Leiden University. He is author of Hunger and the Sword: Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (264–30 BC) (1998) and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of The Roman Army and the Economy (2002).
"It is an excellent academic reference book and should prove a valuable resource for anyone interested in the development of the Roman Army as well as its interactions over a thousand years with the Empire it both served and influenced". (UNRV History, 1 April 2011)