Rome and the Sword

Rome and the Sword

How Warriors and Weapons Shaped Roman History

Hardback328pp Illustrated233x156mm

9780500251829     Product Code: 508048


Simon James takes an archaeologist’s approach to the study of Rome’s military history, telling the story of the sword – ‘the literal cutting edge of Roman power’ – from early times to the fall of the western empire. To supplement the battle narratives of ancient historical writers, he explains developments in sword-smithing techniques and military ideology, considers cultural reasons for changes in hardware and tactics and helps the reader to visualize the direct human experience of the ‘myriad individual acts of mayhem’ in battle.

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