For the Glory of Rome: A History of Warriors and Warfare (Anglais) Relié – 15 mai 2007
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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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Many of the events and campaigns described appear as a collection of somewhat hasty vignettes. Contrary to what the commercial “blurb” attached to the book might suggest, it does not really contain the “in-depth analysis of strategy and campaigns” simply because this is not the point that the author seeks to make.
Rather, the purpose is to identify the Roman warrior ethos, its components and how it was ingrained in Roman society, and not only in its warrior aristocracy. This it fully achieves. It is this that makes the reading of this book so interesting, together with the vignettes of a range of heroic relentless warriors including centurions in particular but also quite a few consuls, whose careers and exploits mirrored the semi-mythical deeds of early Roman warriors.
One major feature of the book is the author’s identification of the importance of single combat and more generally hand to hand combat where the individual warrior would seek to best and kill the enemy champion, before despoiling him of his arms (and often his head) and dedicating the lot to the God that had shown him favour and giving him victory. One related feature is the importance and consideration that Romans gave to those victorious in such duels and single combats. The central part of the book is in fact made up of an eighty page long chapter specifically devoted to “Single Combat”.
Another excellent and related feature is the religious dimensions associated with such heroics that could go up to and include self-sacrifice (devotion). These were essentially suicidal attacks whereby commanding officers would dedicate both themselves and the enemy they charged to the Gods. Interestingly, Ross Cowan shows how throughout the history of Rome and up to the Fourth Century AD included traces of such ethos can be found in the Empire’s military history. Also of note are a collection of gorgeous plates and illustrations.
A corollary, that the author illustrates rather well, is that such eagerness was not always positive or desirable. It could – and did on occasion – lead to major breakdowns in discipline and even ill-timed, unsanctioned and therefore near-disastrous attacks, something that happened twice to Caesar during his remarkable military career.
A final comment is that while there are some repetitions at times, the author’s style is also very easy to read, incisive and to the point, making this point particularly well-suited for the so-called general reader. The price to pay for that is a few approximations at times, as Ross Cowan focuses on the points he wants to make at the risk of “cutting corners” at times. Four strong stars for a warmly recommended book and a good complement to Jeremy Armstrong’s Early Roman Warfare from the regal period to the First Punic War.