jarhead60mm wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:51 pm
Could you please put together a bibliography of your research. I'm a novice when it comes to this period.
I'm obviously not Rich but I know he's used some of these books to inform his thinking and I've included others that I think are interesting. They're all modern. The ancient writers of relevance would include Caesar, Tacitus, Vegetius (though he was writing centuries after the period concerned and his statements about organisation especially need to be treated with some caution), Arrian, Josephus, Appian, etc. These are all available free online or very cheaply in print.
Goldsworthy: The Roman Army at War 100 BC to AD 200
Goldsworthy: The Complete Roman Army
Roth: Logistics of the Roman Army at War 264 BC to AD 235
Haynes: Blood of the Provinces
Pollard and Berry: The Complete Roman Legions
Southern: The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History (perhaps the best introduction)
Fischer and Bishop: Army of the Roman Emperors (I've only just started this, but it's promising)
the above are the ones I think the best and are pretty much the most modern. The following are more dated but still have some merit:
Connolly: The Roman Army
Peddie: The Roman War Machine
Keppie: the Making of the Roman Army: From Republic to Empire
Webster: The Roman Imperial Army of the First and Second Centuries
The various Osprey titles are, to my mind, a mixed bag, at least from what I've seen by glancing through some of them. However they are quite a reasonable 'entry point'.
avoid at all costs anything by Dando-Collins. The man's just a fantasist.
So far as specific campaigns go, for Britain I like Webster's Rome Against Caratacus and his Boudicca - they're about as thorough accounts of Roman campaigns as you're going to find.
If really keen then Delbruck's Warfare in Antiquity is very interesting and still relevant. Oh and heaps of scholarly articles are available online at Academia.edu