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Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

I'd be grateful for book recommendations describing Roman battles and campaigns of Marius, Sulla, Caesar, Octavian and Germanicus. Not looking for one book to cover them all. wink Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

smithsco16 Sep 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

Caesar Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy is a great biography with very detailed info for most of his battles.

Rubicon by Tom Holland is good for Marius and Sulla in terms of campaigns but slim on battle details. In the Name of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy gives some decent battle info.

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2019 5:19 p.m. PST


Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (18421909)

GurKhan16 Sep 2019 11:55 p.m. PST

Haven't actually read them, but these two:


would seem to fit the criteria.

Andrew Preziosi17 Sep 2019 6:37 a.m. PST

Or for FREE, here… (various formats, but choose .pdf)

Caesar – Dodge



Dagwood17 Sep 2019 10:40 a.m. PST

There are a series of novels written by Colleen McCullough that cover the rise of Marius, Sulla and Julius Caesar. Not history books as such, but worth a read.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2019 1:07 p.m. PST

Thanks all for the recommendations!

JAFD2618 Sep 2019 1:16 p.m. PST

You may want to check out – you can find papers and articles on specific battles there, as well as lots of utterly irrelevant but sometimes interesting stuff.

10mm Wargaming23 Sep 2019 2:51 a.m. PST

Caesar's Gallic War books free download


Take care


Historydude1812 Nov 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

It depends on what you are looking for.
If you are interested in Roman-Germanic wars I would recommend the superb Osprey Teutoburg Forest AD 9, or Adrian Murdoch's Rome's Greatest Defeat. Osprey also did a book in their combat series on Romans vs Germanic that covers the campaigns of Germanicus.
If you are interested in Roman campaigns in Britain I would recommend John Waite's Boudicca's Last Stand and To Rule Britannia.
Since you asked for books on the campaigns of Caesar Osprey has a lot of good books on his Gallic Wars and war with Pompey.

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