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Gladius

The World of the Roman Soldier

Guy de la Bédoyère

Gladius

Guy de la Bédoyère

352 pages | 16 halftones, 4 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226750231 Will Publish November 2020 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226750378 Will Publish November 2020 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth
The Roman army was the greatest fighting machine in the ancient world. More than that, it was the single largest organization in Western antiquity, taking in members from all classes, from  senators to freed slaves. The Roman Empire depended on its army not just to win its wars, defend its frontiers, and control the seas, but to act as the very engine of the state.

In Gladius, Guy de la Bédoyère takes us straight to the heart of what it meant to be a part of the Roman army. Rather than a history of the army itself, or a guide to military organization and fighting methods, this book is a ground-level recreation of what it was like to be a soldier in the army that made the empire. Surveying numerous aspects of life in the Roman army between 264 BCE and 337 CE, Gladius—the Latin word for sword—draws not only on the words of famed Roman historians, but also those of the soldiers  themselves, as recorded in their religious dedications, tombstones, and even private letters and graffiti. Gladius reveals the everyday life  of these soldiers and their families, whether stationed in a bleak frontier garrison in Britain or North Africa, tasked with guarding the emperor in Rome, fighting on foreign battlefields, mutinying over pay, marching in triumph, throwing their weight around on city streets, or enjoying esteem in honorable retirement.

By illuminating the history of one organization that reflected all corners of the Roman world, Gladius gives us a portrait of an ancient society that is unprecedented in both its broad sweep and gritty intimacy.
Contents
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Foreword

1. Introduction—The Army of the Emperors

2. Strength and Honour—Signing on in Caesar’s Army

3. Gloria Exercitus—Making Soldiers

4. Gold and Silver—Pay, Handouts and Bequests

5. A Soldier’s Life—Garrisoning the Empire

6. Living Off the Land—The Roman Army and the Environment

7. Ignominy and Defeat—The Roman Army’s Darkest Days

8. I Came, I Saw, I Conquered—The Roman War Machine Victorious

9. Living by the Sword—Violence and Atrocities

10. Quinqueremes and Triremes—The Roman Army at Sea

11. Mutineers and Rebels—King-Makers for Sale

12. Peacetime Duties—Jacks-of-all-Trades

13. Leisure and Leave—Hunting Wild Boar and other Diversions

14. Wives and Lovers—Family Life on the Frontier

15. Veterans—The Emperor’s Die-Hards

16. Jupiter’s Men—Religion and Superstition

Epilogue

Chronology of Rome’s Principal Wars

Emperors from Augustus to Constantine

Tacitus and Dio on the size of the Roman army

Roman Names

Glossary of Terms

Notes

Abbreviations and Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Index
 
Review Quotes
Clifford Ando, University of Chicago
Gladius is a highly successful introduction to the life of the Roman soldier. Neither a history of the army nor a review of battlefield tactics, it instead studies daily life in military services far beyond the aspects of soldiering typically treated in history books. Making use of a wide range of sources, from stone inscriptions to colorful anecdotes, de la Bédoyère’s informative and readable book offers real immediacy to readers.”
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