The legions of Rome were among the greatest fighting forces in history. For almost half a millennium they secured the known world under the power of the Caesars. This pioneering account gathers together the stories of each and every imperial legion, telling the tales of their triumphs and defeats as they policed the empire and enlarged its borders. Focusing on the legions as the core of the Roman army, and chronicling their individual histories in detail, this volume builds on the thematic account of the Roman military force given by its companion The Complete Roman Army , and is vital reading for anyone who has enjoyed that book.
Dr Nigel Pollard is a Roman historian and archaeologist. He is a lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. Much of his research focuses on the eastern part of the Roman Empire (Syria and Egypt) and Italy. Joanne Berry is a Roman historian and archaeologist, and a lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. Much of her research to date has focused on the ancient site of Pompeii. In 2008 she founded Blogging Pompeii, a news and discussion site for Pompeii and the archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples.
Part I: The Legions in the Republican Period * Part II: The Legions in the Imperial Age * Part III: The Legions in Late Antiquity