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  • Date Published: September 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107638280

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  • Warfare was a recurrent phenomenon of fundamental importance throughout Roman history. Its scale and form varied across time and place, but it had wide-ranging impacts on politics, society and economy. This book focuses on important themes in the interplay between warfare and these broader contexts, including attitudes to war and peace, the values associated with military service, the role of material resources, military mutiny and civil war, and social and cultural aspects of the military. It also examines experiences of warfare, focusing on approaches to Roman battle and the impact of war on civilians. Importantly and distinctively, these different themes are traced across a millennium of Roman history from the Republic through to the end of Late Antiquity in the early seventh century, with a view to highlighting important continuities and changes across Roman history, and alerting readers to valuable but often less familiar material from the empire's final centuries.

    • Situates warfare in its broader political, social and economic context in the Roman world
    • Gives fuller attention to developments during Late Antiquity alongside earlier periods of Roman history
    • Adopts a thematic approach which better reveals continuities and changes across a millennium of Roman history
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    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2021, Choice Reviews

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A bibliographic essay, a table of significant events, a list of emperors, a glossary, a separate list of references, an index, and several maps and illustrations round out the volume. Highly recommended for research libraries, university students (all levels), and scholars.' B. A. Ault, Choice

    'As a map for those new to the field, Warfare in the Roman World is easy to read and follow without sacrificing academic rigor. In short, Lee provides the right amount of detail to set readers up for further study.' Brian Turner über Lee, H-Soz-Kult

    'The book is strong in its use of documentary and archaeological evidence. The comprehensive notes guide the reader to not only the most recent scholarship, but to the most important.' Jonathan Roth, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'The book embodies an admirable fusion of erudition and economy, and Lee's lithe facility with the sources and scholarship makes the transition across themes, centuries and scholarly silos seem effortless. This book will be of great value to undergraduate students as an introduction, doctoral students as a survey and scholars as an overview.' Michael J. Taylor, Journal of Roman Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107638280
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. War and peace
    2. Military service and courage
    3. Manpower and money
    4. Authority and allegiances
    5. Society and identity
    6. Culture and communication
    7. Experiences of war
    Bibliographical essay
    Important dates
    Roman emperors

  • Author

    A. D. Lee, University of Nottingham
    A. D. Lee is a Professor of Ancient History in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. Previous books include Information and Frontiers: Roman Foreign Relations in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, 1993) and War in Late Antiquity: A Social History (2007).


    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2021, Choice Reviews

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