Armies of Julius Caesar 58–44 BC cover

Description

Gaius Julius Caesar remains the most famous Roman general of all time. Although he never bore the title, historians since Suetonius have judged him to be, in practice, the very first 'emperor' – after all, no other name in history has been synonymous with a title of imperial rule. Caesar was a towering personality who, for better or worse, changed the history of Rome forever. His unscrupulous ambition was matched only by his genius as a commander and his conquest of Gaul brought Rome its first great territorial expansion outside the Mediterranean world. His charismatic leadership bounded his soldiers to him not only for expeditions 'beyond the edge of the world' – to Britain – but in the subsequent civil war that raised him to ultimate power. What is seldom appreciated, however is that the army he led was as varied and cosmopolitan as those of later centuries, and it is only recently that a wider study of a whole range of evidence has allowed a more precise picture of it to emerge. Drawing on a wide range of new research, the authors examine the armies of Julius Caesar in detail, creating a detailed picture of how they lived and fought.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
ORGANIZATION OF THE CONSULAR ARMY
Legiones
Caesar's legionarii
Equites
Caesar's bodyguards
COMMAND STRUCTURE
Legati
Praefecti
Quaestores
Tribuni and contubernales
Centuriones
Other 'non-commissioned' officers
Socii auxiliaries
Elephants
ARMS & EQUIPMENT
Shafted weapons: the pilum, gaesum and hasta
Swords
Daggers
Belts
Helmets
Body protection
Shields
Equipment of socii auxiliaries
Other equipment
Clothing
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Product details

Published Sep 16 2021
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472845221
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Black & white and colour photos.
Series Elite
Short code ELI 241
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Raffaele D’Amato

Raffaele D'Amato, PhD, is the author of some 40 bo…

Author

Francois Gilbert

François Gilbert is an associate researcher at the…

Illustrator

Florent Vincent

Florent Vincent was born in 1973, and studied Appl…

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