Ancient History & Civilisation

In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire

In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire

The complete and definitive history of how Roman generals carved out the greatest and longest-lasting empire the world has ever seen.

The Roman army was one of the most effective fighting forces in history. The legions and their commanders carved out an empire which eventually included the greater part of the known world. This was thanks largely to the generals who led the Roman army to victory after victory, and whose strategic and tactical decisions shaped the course of several centuries of warfare.

This book, by the author of THE PUNIC WARS, concentrates on those Roman generals who displayed exceptional gifts of leadership and who won the greatest victories. With 26 chapters covering the entire span of the Roman Empire, it is a complete history of Roman warfare.


Chapter 1. ‘The Shield and Sword of Rome’: Fabius and Marcellus

Chapter 2. A Roman Hannibal: Scipio Africanus

Chapter 3. The Conqueror of Macedonia: Aemilius Paullus

Chapter 4. ‘Small Wars’: Scipio Aemilianus and the fall of Numantia

Chapter 5. ‘A person devoted to war’: Caius Marius

Chapter 6. General in exile: Sertorius and the Civil War

Chapter 7. A Roman Alexander: Pompey the Great

Chapter 8. Caesar in Gaul

Chapter 9. Caesar against Pompey

Chapter 10. An Imperial ‘Prince’: Germanicus beyond the Rhine

Chapter 11. Imperial Legate: Corbulo and Armenia

Chapter 12. A Young Caesar: Titus and the Siege of Jerusalem, AD 70

Chapter 13. The last great conqueror: Trajan and the Dacian Wars

Chapter 14. A Caesar on campaign: Julian in Gaul, AD 356–60

Chapter 15. One of the last: Belisarius and the Persians

Chapter 16. Later years: The legacy of Roman generals