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Review: Roman Warfare

Jonathan P. Roth

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

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Publications on the broadly understood military in ancient Rome are not very numerous in Poland. Among other things, for this reason, I reached for “Roman Warfare” with undisguised satisfaction by the American researcher Jonathan P. Roth. After reading this cross-sectional position, in which the author reports with lightning speed the most important war campaigns in the history of the state of the “wolf people” and the organization of its extraordinary army, taking into account its reforms and the place of soldiers in Roman society, I feel quite unsatisfied.

It is fully justified if we look at the relatively small volume of the reviewed work and the breadth of the topic covered in it, covering the entire turbulent Roman history. Nevertheless, thanks to reading such a study, you can properly organize or refresh the basic information about the activities of the Roman army and its organization at various stages of its development. A glossary of terms appearing in the text at the back of the book is very helpful. Finally, we should also mention the weak points, which include not always the best translation into Polish, which is manifested by certain ambiguities in the text, for example in the differences in the amount of pay for soldiers serving in legions and auxiliary units. Despite the above, I can say that it is a good work and worth recommending to all those interested in Roman topics.

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