Steele Brand, Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War

Kate Gilliver
2021
Steele Brand, Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War. Baltimore, MA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. Xix + 392pp. ISBN: 978-1421429861 (hardback). Price £26. Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War is a study of the citizensoldiers of the Roman Republican army. It contains descriptions of five 'key' military engagements involving these citizen-soldiers, a narrative of the fall of the Republic, explorations of the links between the
more » ... public and the models used by the Founding Fathers in building a newly independent state and a call to the people of the 21 st Century United States to beware lest their own republic follow the pattern of decline and collapse that Rome experienced. Written by Steele Brand, a scholar who goes to some length to point out that as a former intelligence officer in the US Army, he fits the modern American equivalent of the citizen-soldier, this book is trying to do a whole range of things under the guise of considering those citizen-soldiers, the small landowners and farmers who were conscripted into Rome's legions and helped to carve out a Mediterranean-wide empire -and went on to bring about regime-change in the 1 st Century BCE.
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