The Making of the Roman Army: From Republic to Empire, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Making of the Roman Army

From Republic to Empire, 1st Edition

By Lawrence Keppie


288 pages

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In this new edition, with a new preface and an updated bibliography, the author provides a comprehensive and well-documented survey of the evolution and growth of the remarkable military enterprise of the Roman army.

Lawrence Keppie overcomes the traditional dichotomy between the historical view of the Republic and the archaeological approach to the Empire by examining archaeological evidence from the earlier years.

The arguments of The Making of the Roman Army are clearly illustrated with specially prepared maps and diagrams and photographs of Republican monuments and coins.


'This is an excellent book … a book that will instruct and delight the general reader and scholar alike.' - History

'The book is aimed at both historians and archaeologists, whether professional or amateur, all of whom will find much to enjoy and applaud, as well as considerable instruction.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Keppie's style is highly readable and often amusing and provides a clear account of the Army's evolution, uncluttered by excessive use of footnotes.' - Archaeological Journal

'A thoughtful and well-written volume.' - Antiquaries Journal

'The book provides essential background for any course dealing with Augustus, and Routledge are to be congratulated on making it available again at a price which school libraries can afford.' - JACT Review

About the Author

Lawrence Keppie is Reader in Roman Archaeology at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. He is the author of Understanding Roman Inscriptions (Batsford 1991) and the forthcoming Army of Augustus (Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General