58 BC - AD 69
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Roman Legionary by Ross Cowan
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841766003
(248mm x 185mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 12-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ross Cowan
Milvian Bridge AD 312, Paperback (July 2016)
Seventeen hundred years ago, the emperor Constantine marched on Rome to free Italy from the tyrant Maxentius and reunify the complete Roman Empire. The defining moment of the campaign was the battle of the Milvian Bridge. This illustrated book examines how Maxentius' poor choice of battleground was to ultimately doom his army to defeat.
Roman Legionary AD 284-337, Paperback (April 2015)
Diocletian and Constantine were the greatest of the Late Roman emperors, and their era marks the climax of the legionary system. This title details the equipment, background, training and combat experience of the men from all parts of the empire who made up the backbone of Rome's legions in this pivotal period.
Roman Guardsman, 62 BC-AD 324, Paperback (January 2014)
From the civil wars of the Late Republic to Constantine's reunification of the Empire, corps of guardsmen were at the heart of every Roman army. This title details the nature of these units, their organization and operational successes and failures from their origins in the late Republic through to their struggle against Constantine the Great.
Roman Legionary, AD 69-161, Paperback (April 2013)» View all books by Ross Cowan
Between AD 69 and 161 the composition of the Roman legions was transformed. Italians were almost entirely replaced by provincial recruits, men for whom Latin was at best a second language, and yet the 'Roman-ness' of these Germans, Spaniards, fostered in isolated fortresses on the frontiers, was incredibly strong. This title deals with this topic.
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Author Biography - Ross Cowan
Ross Cowan is a research student at the University of Glasgow where he was recently 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 organisation 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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