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Adrian Goldsworthy has received wide acclaim for his exceptional writing on the Roman Empire - including high praise from the acclaimed military historian and author John Keegan - and here he offers a new perspective on the empire by focusing on its greatest generals, including Scipio Africanus, Marius, Pompey, Caesar, and Titus. Each chapter paints a fascinating portrait of a single general, offering in-depth insight into his leadership skills and victories as well as each one's pioneering strategies, many of which are still used today. In the process this absorbing, accessible history tells the complete story of Roman warfare, from the bitter struggle with Carthage in the third century BC to the last desperate attempt to win back the Western Empire in the sixth century AD.

©2003 Adrian Goldsworthy; preface copyright 2016 by Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2016 Tantor

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This pie was all crust, no filling

What disappointed you about In the Name of Rome?

The author starts the book with a lengthy disclaimer describing the scarcity of sources and reliable information for the individuals and periods he discusses and his reluctance to make assumptions or put weight on modern analysis of them. I would describe my knowledge of Roman history as a little more in-depth than the average random person, by no means an expert.

My chief complaint about this book is that it offered no analysis or new thought about these individuals or events. It felt like a rote recital of basic information that is covered in many other books. With only a little bit of exaggeration, I would describe his coverage of the events as more a summary of the facts. Given the lack of new thought or perspective on the subject, I am unsure what the author's goal was in writing this book.

I fully acknowledge that he states very clearly at the beginning of the book that sources and reliable information are scarce and notes that he will not wander off into questionable analysis. But I was still expecting to learn something new and interesting, or at least get the author's viewpoint on these events.

Has In the Name of Rome turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I read and enjoyed Goldsworthy's books on Caesar, Augustus, and Cicero. Based on my experience reading these three books, I would definitely try another book from him.

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Great series of analyses of Roman Generalship

I found this to be very well narrated, informative and very entertaining. Goldsworthy builds a picture of how generalship, command, the army itself, and the relationships between commanders, subordinates, soldiers and ultimate civil authorities evolved from the republic through the imperial period. Inevitably, because of the paucity of sources there are large gaps but he paints as fair and balanced picture of each commander as is possible. This is definitely a recommended book if you are interested in learning more about the essential elements of the Roman philosophy of command.

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Great Overview

For a book to cover so many different campaigns, it does an excellent job explaining necessary details and pulling the reader in to understand them.

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  • Mark
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Solid Overview of Roman Military History

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to a friend with a serious interest in Roman History.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

It is excellent. He does a great job pronouncing Latin names correctly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not applicable to a book of this kind.

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collection of mini-biographies

interesting history, but little is done to lay out themes connecting the generals he discusses

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Excellent

Another excellent book from Adrian Goldsworthy with incredible historical veracity. The narration is also well done and adds to the books eloquence.

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Really good in depth

really good and in depth of Roman leaders throughout the life span of the Empire

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Great Roman Military History

This is the history of Rome as embodied in its great commanders. Great story, strong narration.

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Another good book on Rome by Andrian Goldsworthy

Where does In the Name of Rome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is very good..not sure I would rank it as "the best" ever,,but very good

Any additional comments?

recommend to Roman history lovers!

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Informative yet cluttered in this format.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would reccomend this book only if a friend had an interest in the subject matter. This book is dense, dry, and to the point. However, like all of Goldsworthy's work, it is very intensive and gripping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julius Ceasar. The histories of the Gallic Wars and the Civil War are gripping.

Any additional comments?

Not his best, but still great. Its easy to lose track of the narrative due to the pacing and lack of visual aid. There are comprehensive details on formations, tactics, and the charisma of Roman Generals. If you are looking for details on the intrigue and politics following each campaign and general, this book will leave you dissatisfied. Comprehensive and detailed focus on Generalship, Armies, and Battles, with little else.

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