Reading list for Roman military history

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General

The Complete Roman Army

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Adrian Goldsworthy. (2003). Thames & Hudson Ltd.. ISBN 0500051240
As the title suggests, the book covers everything from the evolution of the Roman Army to its structure and the daily life of its soldiers. The coverage spans from the first citizen militias to the army of late antiquity. Contributed by Artoria
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Roman Warfare

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Adrian Goldsworthy. (2005). Smithsonian Books. ISBN 0060838523
Goldsworthy outlines the campaigns of the Roman military from the initial conquest of Italy to the end of the western empire. This book serves as a good general reference on Roman warfare and contains a nice listing of primary sources.. Contributed by Artoria
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Specific Campaigns

Caesar's Gallic Wars

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Kate Gilliver. (2002). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1841763055
One of Osprey's "Essential Histories." As with all books in the Osprey series, much of this one's 92 pages offer maps, drawings, and photographs to help the reader have a better understanding of historical events. In addition to the military information provide, the book also touches on the impact the conquest had on the local populace and the economic opportunities opened up for Roman merchants. Contributed by Artoria
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The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146 BC

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Adrian Goldsworthy. (2000). Cassell. ISBN 0304366420
A very detailed and in-depth study of the Punic wars from their inception to the destruction of Carthage. If you have any interest in the Punic Wars, I highly recommend adding this one to your library. Contributed by Artoria
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Late Roman Army

The Late Roman Army

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Pat Southern and Karen R. Dixon. (1996). Yale University Press. ISBN 0300068433
An overview of the Imperial Army from the Severan Dynasty until the 5th C. It is not for everyone, being more scholarly in tone than some others out there, but it is well worth the effort if you have any interest in the time period. Contributed by Artoria
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Late Roman Cavalryman AD 236-565

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Simon MacDowall. (1995). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1855325675
Being an Osprey book, the information is limited, concise, and very well-presented. As an overview of the Roman cavalry in the late Empire, it succeeds very well. The illustrations and photos alone are worth the cover price. Contributed by Artoria
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