In the Name of Rome
The Men Who Won the Roman Empire
Rome's generals, who were appointed because of their political success, received no formal training for command. So how did men such as Caesar and Scipio win the victories that created and maintained the empire? From campaigns against Hannibal in the third century BCE to Belisarius' desperate efforts to regain the western empire in the sixth century CE, this history of Roman warfare focuses on the skills used by individual leaders to control their forces.
Rome and the Sword
How Warriors and Weapons Shaped Roman History
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.