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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:27 AM   #11
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So looking at the military (weapons, armour, strategies/tactics, artillery) for Rome + Greece, but don't know what to choose...

Here's the list:

Roman military equipment: from the Punic Wars to the fall of Rome - M. C. Bishop, J. C. Coulston - Google Books

Roman cavalry equipment - Ian P. Stephenson, Karen R. Dixon - Google Books

Roman Infantry Equipment: The Later Empire - Ian P. Stephenson - Google Books

Weapons of the Romans - Michel Feugère - Google Books

Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313 - Ross Cowan - Google Books

Roman Battle Tactics 390-110 BC - Nic Fields - Google Books

Greek and Roman warfare: battle, tactics and trickery - John Drogo Montagu - Google Books

P.S - What else I'm looking for:

So basically, I want to find a book on the whole of the Roman Empire, the whole 600 year period, a huge book. This would be my first non-school book in ... years and years, I haven't started reading before this, but I went to the library the other day, and I felt the books were very entertaining, and I was superised that I was totally reading the book and tunnel-visioned on it, blocking out the outside!

So I want a book OR a series of books (that individually) that focuses on the whole 600 year period, if this isn't possible, then maybe ALL of the emperors in a book OR a series of books. The reason I am asking for assistance is because I have tried looking myself, but the result was unfavorable, I have never looked for a book before XD

I also want to find books on:
- Roman Types of Units (in the army) - their names and uses (maybe it's in the strategy books above)
- Political aspects (Roman politicians, their decisions and how they effected events, domestically and internationally)
- Cultural lifestyle (for a range of people, soldiers, politicians, slaves, ordinary citizens etc.)
Edit: Is there any book/series of books which have a group of Roman empires, then another book which has the next set, etc until the very end?

I know Gibbon done this from Caesar till the end, Romulus Augustus (I think)

Is there another modern book/series like Gibbon's, because Gibbon's is a little outdated, and by little I mean over 300 years

Thanks again!
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:40 AM   #12
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I'm afraid I'm going to have to lobby one more time on behalf of Vegetius. IMO, this should be the obvious first choice, given your interests. Here is a guy who lived in the Roman empire, explaining the roman army's make-up, strategy, training, tactics, weaponry, etc. Much of what you will learn from these other books are regurgitated from Vegetius, anyway. It's a quick read, and there's simply no better source.
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I'm afraid I'm going to have to lobby one more time on behalf of Vegetius. IMO, this should be the obvious first choice, given your interests. Here is a guy who lived in the Roman empire, explaining the roman army's make-up, strategy, training, tactics, weaponry, etc. Much of what you will learn from these other books are regurgitated from Vegetius, anyway. It's a quick read, and there's simply no better source.
I see, I didn't realise it was like this. I thought it was more general and just about the battles in general o.O

Should I cancel the order for: 'Weapons of the Romans'?
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I see, I didn't realise it was like this. I thought it was more general and just about the battles in general o.O

Should I cancel the order for: 'Weapons of the Romans'?
no, it's a military handbook. It should be pretty cheap to get a hold of. If you have a kindle, it costs a dollar.
Also, if you have a public library nearby, they will often be able to get any book loaned from another library. That's how I get everything I read. It's always free, and there's almost no book I can't get.
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Edit: Is there any book/series of books which have a group of Roman empires, then another book which has the next set, etc until the very end?
Routledge has a good series. Presumably there is a late republic volume, but I don't know. I only work on the late empire, so I can vouch for the last three volumes as quite good.

The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): T. J. Cornell: 9780415015967: Amazon.com: Books
The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): T. J. Cornell: 9780415015967: Amazon.com: Books


The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): Martin Goodman: 9780415559799: Amazon.com: Books
The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): Martin Goodman: 9780415559799: Amazon.com: Books


The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395 (Routledge History of the Ancient World): David Potter, David S. Potter: 9780415100588: Amazon.com: Books
The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395 (Routledge History of the Ancient World): David Potter, David S. Potter: 9780415100588: Amazon.com: Books


The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: AD 395-700 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): Averil Cameron: 9780415579612: Amazon.com: Books
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: AD 395-700 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World): Averil Cameron: 9780415579612: Amazon.com: Books

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Greece and Rome at War: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Connolly: Books
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:09 AM   #17
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no, it's a military handbook. It should be pretty cheap to get a hold of. If you have a kindle, it costs a dollar.
Also, if you have a public library nearby, they will often be able to get any book loaned from another library. That's how I get everything I read. It's always free, and there's almost no book I can't get.
Awww you such a cutie xD

I just purchased it online for £7, I'd like to have a tangible collection of books I've read on ancient history 10 years time!
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no, it's a military handbook. It should be pretty cheap to get a hold of. If you have a kindle, it costs a dollar.
Also, if you have a public library nearby, they will often be able to get any book loaned from another library. That's how I get everything I read. It's always free, and there's almost no book I can't get.
But Pen, I am slightly concerned that it's only 100 pages xD

Additionally, will it have the same depth as the other books (the last 3 do) on roman military strategy... because those have more pages and it's just focused on tactics and strategies, comparatively, Vege's is only 100 pages long, and he fits weapons, tactics, equiptment etc in there!
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Hmmm, I feel that the first book is interesting, it goes back from 1000-264BC.

I was just about to comment that the book isn't for me, as it doesn't mention Romulus and Remus, Cicero, Caesar xD

But does it mention the current consuls and any wars/campaigns that took place throughout this time period, and the political structure, and major consul decisions and how they effected Rome domestically and internationally?

I was either looking for 1 big book, going from 800BC-500AD (a little before and after the existence and empire)
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Hmmm, I feel that the first book is interesting, it goes back from 1000-264BC.

I was just about to comment that the book isn't for me, as it doesn't mention Romulus and Remus, Cicero, Caesar xD

But does it mention the current consuls and any wars/campaigns that took place throughout this time period, and the political structure, and major consul decisions and how they effected Rome domestically and internationally?

I was either looking for 1 big book, going from 800BC-500AD (a little before and after the existence and empire) or a series of 3-4 books which might do 800-300, 300 - 300, 300 - 500 or something along those lines, covering Rome militarily, politically, emporer-irically(yes I made that word up) and the lifestyle of the citizens and the change in all of these factors as the time progressed
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