Warfare in the Roman Republic

From the Etruscan Wars to the Battle of Actium

by Lee L. Brice, Editor


The Roman Army was the direct precursor of many modern military organizations.

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April 2014


Pages 338
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars

This easy-to-use reference book covers the most important people, places, events, and technologies of Roman warfare during the republic (400–31 BCE), providing a wealth of reference material and invaluable primary source documents.

The study of ancient Rome remains both a high-interest topic and a staple of high school and university curricula, while recent Hollywood movies continue to heighten popular interest in Rome. This multi-format handbook examines warfare in ancient Rome during the republic period, from approximately 400 BCE to 31 BCE. Presenting ready reference, primary source documents, statistical information, and a chronology, the title explore all aspects of conflict during this time period, including key military leaders, pivotal battles and sieges, new weapons and technologies, and the intersections of warfare and society in the ancient world. The reference entries provide detailed snapshots of key people, events, groups, places, weapons systems, and strategies that enable readers to easily understand the critical issues during 400 years of the Roman Republic, while various overview, causes, and consequences essays offer engaging, in-depth coverage of the most important wars. By providing students with in-depth information about how the Roman Army operated, they develop a fuller understanding Roman, ancient, and world history.


  • Connects the constant change of the Roman Army adapting to new enemies and demands to the ongoing political and social changes in Rome itself
  • Provides an easy-to-use, ready reference on Roman warfare during the Republic based on the most recent research
  • Includes primary source documents that provide valuable information and encourage readers to apply their critical thinking skills
  • Offers multiple topic finders that make it easy for readers to find the information they are looking for and follow connections within the material
Author Info

Lee L. Brice is professor of ancient history at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. He has won awards for his teaching and for mentoring students' undergraduate research. His published works include ABC-CLIO'S Greek Warfare: From the Battle of Marathon to the Conquests of Alexander the Great; Recent Directions in the Military History of the Ancient World; as well as articles on military unrest, numismatics, and Alexander the Great.



"This work offers a concise glimpse into the world of early Roman military history. . . . This volume will be of interest to those needing a basic understanding of the people, places, and events involved in the military aspect of the Roman Republic. Recommended for most academic and public libraries."—Booklist

"The typical entry includes an easy-to-understand description full of examples, a black-and-white photograph, several related entries, and great references. This is a wonderful addition to this subject, especially for the novice."—ARBA

"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers."—Choice

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