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Roman Legionary 58 BC-AD 69 [Anglais] [Broché]

Ross Cowan , Angus McBride

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20 juin 2003 Warrior (Livre 71)
The period 31 BC-AD 43 saw the greatest expansion of the Roman Empire. In 31 BC Octavian defeated Antony at the battle of Actium and remodelled the semi-professional Roman army into a permanent force of 28 legions. Octavian became the first emperor (Augustus) and under his leadership the legions conquered northern Spain, all Europe south of the Danube line and Germany west of the Elbe. The legionaries exemplified the heroic culture of the Roman world and this title takes a behind-the-scenes look at their lives, training, weaponry and tactics, including the bloody massacre of the Teutoberg forest.

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Ross Cowan studied at the University of Glasgow where he was awarded a PhD for a thesis on the Roman army entitled 'Aspects of the Severan Field Army AD 193-238'. The major themes of the thesis are the organization of the Prateorian Guard and Legio II Parthica, their recruitment, numbers and equipment. Ross also completed his first degree at Glasgow. In 1999 he was elected a fellow of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fine Summary 19 août 2003
Par R. A Forczyk - Publié sur Amazon.com
Scottish academic Dr. Ross Cowan has put together an impressive summary of the Augustan-era legionary in Osprey's Warrior #71, entitled Roman Legionary 58BC - AD 69. Unlike previous Osprey titles on the Roman Army that tend to recycle old information, Dr. Cowan has been able to benefit from the recent discovery of the site of the Teutoberg Forest battlefield in Germany and subsequent archeological discoveries. Furthermore, while Cowan relies heavily on the standard literary sources - Caesar, Tacitus, Polybius and Josephus - he is able to incorporate some less-used sources as well (e.g. Velleius Paterculus). Overall, this is a fine summary for a young scholar and one that is able to add value to existing collections on the Roman military.
Roman Legionary 58BC - AD 69 consists of a short introduction/chronology, a detailed chart of the 28 Augustan legions, and short sections on the organization/size/command of the legion; enlistment; training; length of service; pay; leadership and morale; belief and belonging; decorations and punishments; dress and appearance; equipment; and daily life on campaign. The section on battle is 12-pages long and discusses more tactical issues. The author also includes a list of relevant websites (thank you!), a glossary of Roman terms (some of which are rather uncommon) and a bibliography. The eight color plates by Angus McBride are excellent and depict: a veteran legionary of Legio XII in 32 BC; a Roman press-gang in Ostia; a Roman squad on the march; four legionary fighting techniques; camp construction; the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in AD 9; a century in battle order; and a legionary in AD 43. The text is also supported by a number of photographs of Roman military artifacts recently excavated in Germany since 1999.
Dr. Cowan does a fine job describing the path of the Roman recruit from enlistment, through training and assignment to a legion. One aspect of the Roman soldier that I had not seen emphasized before was the importance of the balteus (belt) and caligae (military boots). Cowan notes that, "the removal of the balteus stripped a soldier of his military identity; it was confiscated if a soldier was dishonorably discharged." Another interesting distinction that often goes unnoticed is that some Roman troops fought "expediti" without armor while the majority remained armored. Cowan notes that Roman commanders usually preferred to have some troops outfitted as expediti, particularly on route marches where they served as mobile flankers to protect the columns.
In the section on Battle, Cowan notes Roman preference for the "triplex acies" or triple line formation with cohorts deployed in 4-3-3 order. Indeed, much of the modern tactical preference for "two up, one back" harkens back to Caesar's tactical formulae. Cowan's characterizations of Roman battle tactics and formations are heavily influenced by modern research on the subject, such as by Keppie and Goldsworthy. However, the author's assertion that the "century was the primary tactical units of the legion," rather than the cohort, is unsupportable. Cowan's hypothesis, borrowed from an earlier researcher in 1994, is based upon the evidence that the cohort lacked its own commander or standard. This is exceedingly thin evidence for such a controversial hypothesis that controverts Caesar and Tacitus, and demonstrates the danger of modern researchers who "think things to death". No military man from any time in the past 2,000 years would believe that an 80 man, company-size unit would be the primary tactical unit rather than a 300-600 man cohort or battalion size unit. First, a century could not perform independent tactical missions, but a cohort with six cohorts could operate independently and we have the accounts to prove this. Second, Roman military doctrine was based upon the timely use of reserves; a century lacked the size to employ a reserve on a significant enough scale to influence a battle, but a cohort could commit two centuries as a reserve. There is little doubt that the century was the building block for the larger cohorts and legions, but it was not an end unto itself. If Cowan was right and the cohort was merely an administrative entity, then try to imagine the Legion commander controlling 60 centuries on the battlefield without an intermediate level of command - this defies military logic. Nevertheless, this is an excellent summary of the Roman legionary in this period.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fine introduction to the early Imperial legions 22 janvier 2007
Par lordhoot - Publié sur Amazon.com
This Osprey book on the Roman legions proves to be a well written introduction to the subject matter. Written primary for beginners, any beginning reader can get a pretty clear understanding of how the Roman legion works, operates and function as a military unit. The author describes the tactics, weaponary, armor and other elements of the legion clearly and without blogging down the reader with too much details. The author also get on the personal level as he describes the recuitment, training, pay and other individual elements of being a legionaire. All that information for 63 pages. As an introductionary material, this book does an excellent job of a quick read and understanding.

I do agreed with one previous reviewer that there's a singular flaw in this book where the author claims that the century was the primary tactical unit of the legion. I too, totally disagreed with that assertion. That reviewer made an excellent case for why a century wasn't the primary tactical unit so I won't be redundant here.

But overall, the author provided a well researched book that should encouraged most beginning reader on the subject to read more and deeper.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Legions Live! 3 juillet 2003
Par Aaron Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Great book. Plenty of facts that I was unaware of before. E.g. gladius doesn't actually mean short sword; most legionaries were conscripts rather than volunteers; all three legionary eagles captured in the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9 were eventually recovered. The Battle section is excellent - really makes you understand what happened in an ancient battle. And the plates are good too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Sourcebook on the Roman Legionary 29 mars 2007
Par K. Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is an excellent introduction the experiences, weaponry, and tactics of the Roman soldiery of the late Republic and early Empire, from the beginning of Julius Caesar's Gallic War to the death of Galba and Otho in 69. For a more experienced student of the Roman Army, it contains basic information but includes some new material-like the little known fact that many legionaries were forced into service-and makes some argumentable claims, like that the cohort did not have a commander. For anyone, this book is a worthy visual source; as with most Osprey books, the color plates by Angus McBride have only one problem-you only get eight of them!
This title would be best read with the other two Osprey titles by Cowan, Imperial Roman Legionary AD 161-284, and Roman Battle Tactics 101 BC-AD 313.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The awesome Roman legions 23 novembre 2007
Par Dennis Latham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought the book to use as research for a novel I'm writing. The book had great illustrations and was very informative on legion tactics and weapons. I was also amazed by how many times the legions fought each other and how the weapons and uniforms changed over the years. I really enjoyed this book.
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