In The Name Of Rome: The Men Who Won The Roman Empire by Adrian Goldsworthy

In The Name Of Rome: The Men Who Won The Roman Empire

byAdrian Goldsworthy

Kobo ebook | July 15, 2010

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The complete and definitive history of how Roman generals carved out the greatest and longest-lasting empire the world has ever seen.

The Roman army was one of the most effective fighting forces in history. The legions and their commanders carved out an empire which eventually included the greater part of the known world. This was thanks largely to the generals who led the Roman army to victory after victory, and whose strategic and tactical decisions shaped the course of several centuries of warfare.

This book, by the author of THE PUNIC WARS, concentrates on those Roman generals who displayed exceptional gifts of leadership and who won the greatest victories. With 26 chapters covering the entire span of the Roman Empire, it is a complete history of Roman warfare.

Title:In The Name Of Rome: The Men Who Won The Roman EmpireFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 15, 2010Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0297864017

ISBN - 13:9780297864011

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet another excellent work from Goldsworthy. Frankly, I’m only halfway through this book but wanted to throw out a comment on this book as people get their Christmas shopping done. This is a superb book for those reasonably familiar with ancient Rome and who are looking to build up their knowledge base from new and interesting angles. It is not a primer on ancient Rome—there are tons of those, and lots of good ones—but rather a series of vignettes on key players in Republican and Imperial Rome. This is what makes it a great book--you get a new and deeper sense of some of the great men of Rome than from many of the primers, which tend to keep to well-trodden ground. Goldsworthy also delves into the lives of some of the more obscure but still influential players like Sertorius, a first-grade general and a true Roman; and Marcellus, perhaps the quintessential kick-ass Roman war hero and in no small measure, a saviour of the Republic. It can be a confusing read if you don't have a pretty good sense of Roman history however. Mr. Goldsworthy’s real strength is his exhaustive, wide-ranging and meticulous military research, which comes out in all his works on Rome. He can bog down in details at times, but they are never trivial or irrelevant, and at other times, he offers insights that transcend your garden-variety historical author. Rome was in its essence a military construct, and cannot be truly understood without understanding the basis of its unprecedented and never-matched military organization and power. Everything else about ancient Rome derives from it. This is what makes Adrian Goldsworthy so valuable a resource and a leading current authority on Rome—and a very entertaining and edifying author to boot. We’ll see how the second half of the book goes . . . should be more of the same! Hope everyone enjoys the holidays. (Can't wait--I've put a boatload of books on my Xmas lists!) Cheers.
Date published: 2008-12-15