Legions in Crisis

Transformation of the Roman Soldier AD 192–284

Paul Elliott

 
Date Published :
July 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 full color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553343
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
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Overview
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The third century AD was a turbulent and testing time for the Roman Empire. A new and powerful foe in the east had risen up to challenge Rome directly. Barbarians on the northern frontiers were now more aggressive and more numerous than before and internally the population of the empire had to contend with rampant inflation and a series of terrible plagues. Unfortunately, the chaos became magnified by a lack of continuity on the imperial throne. The army had real political power in the third century, making and unmaking emperors as it saw fit. It had been aided in this by Septimius Severus, the African emperor who had won out in the civil wars following Commodus’ assassination. He increased the army’s pay and granted other privileges. While the army gained rapidly in size, stature and political savvy during the reign of Septimius Severus, it also accelerated a material transformation. Armor, shields, helmets, swords and javelins all began to be replaced with new styles. Legions in Crisis looks closely at the new styles of arms and armor, comparing their construction, use and effectiveness to the more familiar types of Roman kit used by soldiers fighting the earlier Dacian and Marcomannic Wars. What did this transformation in military technology mean for the tactical choices used on the battlefield? Although the outcome had looked in doubt, the army and the empire it protected weathered the storm to emerge into the fourth century fully able to tackle the challenges of a new age.

About The Author
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Paul Elliott has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and has written books on military history, cults and secret societies. His previous books for Fonthill were Legions in Crisis and A Roman Soldier on Hadrian’s Wall. He has also written several articles for Ancient Warfare magazine. For the past decade he has been active in historical reconstruction and even taught Roman drill and cookery to primary school children.

REVIEWS
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"A good read for anyone interested in the Roman Army or in how military institutions learn and grow."

- StrategyPage

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