Warfare in Ancient Rome

Roman military technique and technology was not an indigenous invention but an adaptation and evolution of the knowledge of other civilizations. The success of Roman warfare methods and equipment is plainly seen from the fact that not only did they command a large empire of ever-increasing area, they also managed to keep their kingdom united until the 5th century CE - a task which could not be fulfilled even by the Greeks. During the first period of its history, Rome was an empire in the making, establishing its own territory and fending off aggression. During this time its leadership frequently changed hands, resulting in changing trends in military technology. [General Ancient War Links]

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