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For the Glory of Rome: A History of Warriors and Warfare (Anglais) Relié – 15 mai 2007

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This book builds an eye opening picture of the true Soldier of Rome from the Republic to the late Empire...very well written and readable...I can recommend this book even if you do not have a direct interest in the Roman army as it is a good read for anyone with an interest in widening their knowledge of Roman history. --Military Modelcraft International, January 2009

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Ancient Rome was uniquely bellicose. Her legionaries are often cited as the original professional soldiers and famed for their iron discipline, but they were also formidable individual warriors, sometimes berserks, who gloried in single combat, taking heads and despoiling their enemies. They were men who believed they were sired by a god of war, driven by the need to create and sustain heroic reputations, and who disrobed in public to display battle scars. Yet these same warriors read philosophy, wrote history and recited poetry. For the Glory of Rome introduces the heroic, yet utterly ruthless, men who carved out the Roman Empire. The author examines the deeds of men like Siccius Dentatus, the victor of eight single combats and a hero of the common people; Decius Mus, the consul who charged into the midst of the enemy at Sentinum to devote himself to the gods of the Underworld; and the feuding centurions Pullo and Vorenus, rivals for every post and honour but bound together by their loyalty to Caesar. Ross Cowan explores the mindset of the Roman fighting men, examining their motivation, beliefs and superstitions, illuminating why they fought and died for the glory of Rome.

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The perfect companion for all Roman military history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Coupe à vin en étain ROMA VICTRIX

This offering from Ross Cowan stands out a bit from the typical Roman military texts. Its focus is on the hearts and minds of the soldiers. Rome's conflict with Pyrrhus of Epirus is the principle setting used to illustrate the Roman military psyche: discipline, blood-lust, honor, sacrifice, devotion to the gods, etc. Various anecdotes from throughout Rome's history of war also define these aspects. It is a enjoyable read, with a satisfying degree of detail, recommended.
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HASH(0x9c23aae0) étoiles sur 5 Anecdotal Joy for serious students and those casually interested in Romans at war 31 janvier 2008
Par Sojourner Wolf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Informative without being pedantic, light enough for pleasurable reading but by no means fluff, For the Glory Of Rome brings to life the Roman legionnaire in a fresh and exhilirating way. The author describes Roman military men as both soldiers and warriors, by no means always the ant-like disciplined troops as they are so often portrayed. Single combat, the "unofficial" rules and specific episodes, brings the participants to life worthy of the great illustrations, graphic and photographic. Not just the Romans, but their enemies are written with vivid empathy. Tired of wading through Tacitus? This book is the sort of change of pace that can revive flagging interest or spark a new one.
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HASH(0x9c23af0c) étoiles sur 5 A survey of the role of single combat in battle 6 août 2007
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ross Cowan's FOR THE GLORY OF ROME: A HISTORY OF WARRIORS AND WARFARE provides a survey of the Roman warrior, an analysis of strategy and campaigns, and a survey of the role of single combat in battle. College-level and in-depth collections strong in ancient military history will appreciate the depth of analysis here, which examines individuals and warriors, from their techniques to their motivations in defending the Roman Empire with their lives.
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HASH(0x9c23af60) étoiles sur 5 Warriors and Soldiers in Rome's Legions 7 avril 2008
Par Agustin Guerrero - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author gives us a distinct perspective in the military history of the Legions of Rome and that is through the eyes of the soldiers. He confronts the idealized version of the roman legionnaire as perfectly disciplines quasi robotic killing machine and present us men in the flesh with their passions and flaws. The Romans presented were passionate warriors fighting at first for the survival of their city always surmounting great odds until they became the dominant power in the Mediterranean world and ultimately defend the vast empire against mass invasions of Barbarian nations. We are presented in detail with the campiagn of Pyrrhus of Epirus and his surprise at the discipline and valor displayed by the Romans confronting him, the role of single combat in deciding battles, the blood thirst but also the nobler passions such as the self sacrifice of the Roman commanders in order to achieve victory displayed by the Greatest warriors of the ancient world as were the Romans. This is a nice read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
HASH(0x9c36c048) étoiles sur 5 Adds to Our Understanding of the Roman Legionary and Rome 25 novembre 2012
Par bonnie_blu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Cowan analyzes the Roman legionary as an individual person by focusing on specific legionaries and battles. Luckily there are epigraphic sources that name individual soldiers, and Cowan uses this information fully. Overall he provides a new view of the legionary that adds to our understanding of ancient Rome and the legions. He does go off on irrelevant tangents occasionally, but it does not distract from the overall value of the book.
HASH(0x9c36c240) étoiles sur 5 Nothing New. 18 avril 2013
Par BK Petty - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The subject is one of my favorites, however this effort is not anywhere near notable. Dry, segments of text from the classical works just don't "grip" this reader.
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