The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual
A Thames & Hudson book
This carefully researched yet entertainingly unacademic book tells you how to join the Roman legions, the best places to serve, and how to keep your armor from getting rusty. Learn to march under the eagles of Rome, from training, campaigns, and battle to the glory of a Roman Triumph and retirement with a pension plan.
Every aspect of army life is discussed, from drill to diet, with handy tips on topics such as how to select the best boots, or how to avoid being skewered by enemy spears.
- June 2009
- 5.4 × 8.1 in
/ 224 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
Endorsements & Reviews
“…usually checked out for a school project, but students report reading the entire book for pleasure after the fact.” — School Library Journal
“A very useful introduction to military practice in the late First Century.” — New York Military Affairs Symposium
“Highly informative and readable volume lays out in detail the high honor and great risk of defending Rome as a foot soldier…. The author knows his subject thoroughly and presents it with flare, a touch of humor, and authority. The many illustrations, including 16 color plates, add measurably to the enjoyment of the book…. Will more than satisfy.” — School Library Journal
“A fascinating little handbook of serious scholarship and irrepressible wit, Legionary vividly illuminates military life in ancient Rome.” — Boston Sunday Globe
Also by Philip Matyszak