Greece and Rome at War by Peter Connolly

Review originaly posted by Quintus Aulus.

(from the inside fold of the book cover)
"Greece and Rome at War lucidly demonstrates the face of battle in the ancient world. Covering the wars between the Greks and the Persians and the epic contest between the Romans and their most capable opponent, Hannibal, as well as organisation, tactics, armour and weapons, and much more, it brings the armies of Greece and Rome vividly to life."

This book is all of this and more. I began to get involved in Roman history in April of 2000, months before the popular movie Gladiator was released (and shortly before everyone began to develop an interest in the Roman world). This was the first title that was recommended to me. It would be years before I could find a copy, it seems that every copy the local library had was checked out and had not been returned for a few years. I now see why.

This text not only contains a weath of information about the Greek and Romans armies, but does quite a bit to explain their enemies and the cultures these armies came from. It explains tactics, formations, equipment used, and does an excellent job of covering most of the important details. Reconstruction of Greek and Roman arms and armor, as well as the full color diagrams (both of the equipment found and the reconstructed items) makes this a must have for anyone serious about researching and recreateing the things that may of been used by these anchient armies.

For those interested in information on persona and what someone involved with these armies would of seen and done will not be disappointed. There is a section of the book dedicated to the Organisation of the Roman army (p 213 for those interested), as well as the life of a legionary, their training, the various ranks and positions within the legion, and a full color diagram of what a full legion would of looked like in parade formation.

It has a high price tag for a book, but do not let that stop you. If you are unable to afford a copy of your own, take advantage of your local library to have access to this book.


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