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Gladius: Living, Fighting and Dying in the Roman Army by Guy de la Bédoyère

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Gladius: Living, Fighting and Dying in the Roman Army by Guy de la Bédoyère


Looks like an interesting book by someone whose work ( including scholarship on Roman numismatics) I greatly respect:



A short introduction to my forthcoming book Gladius, which is about what it was like to be a soldier in Rome's army. The book draws on all sorts of evidence to focus as much as possible about the individual experience. The book was written a short distance from a road built by the Legio VIIII Hispana between 2018 and 2019. At the time of this video the book was in advanced production ready for publication on 5 November 2020 in the UK (Little, Brown) and US (University of Chicago Press; the US title is Gladius: the World of the Roman Soldier).

Gladius takes the reader right into the heart of what it meant to be a part of the Roman army through the words of Roman historians, and those of the men themselves through their religious dedications, tombstones, and even private letters and graffiti. Gladius throws open a window on how the men, their wives and their children lived, from bleak frontier garrisons to guarding the emperor in Rome, enjoying a ringside seat to history fighting the emperors’ wars, mutinying over pay, marching in triumphs, throwing their weight around in city streets, and enjoying esteem in honourable retirement.



guy also known as gaius  

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