The Roman Legions

The Roman Legions

The Roman Legions

The Roman Legions

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The history of the Roman legions seems to have attracted more attention on the Continent than in this country, and the absence of any comprehensive work in English on the subject may perhaps justify the appearance of this book. The period selected for study starts with the Marian army reforms and ends with the accession of Septimius Severus. My main purpose has been to examine the internal organization of the legions, the areas from which they drew their recruits, and the conditions under which their soldiers served and were discharged. An attempt has also been made to trace the movements of the legions in the first two centuries of the Principate, the circumstances in which new units were raised, and the normal orders of battle and march, while in the Introduction the stages by which the army developed in the pre-Marian Republic have been sketched in outline. On the other hand I have avoided a detailed account of particular campaigns, because, where the evidence permits, the material has been already collected and used by other English writers, while such subjects as camp-planning, siege operations, and field engineering seemed to me to lie outside the scope of the work.

In dealing with the different aspects of the subject I have thought it right to present in some detail the more important problems and to discuss their possible solution. Considerable portions of the book are in . . .

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