Hunger and the Sword. Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (264 - 30 B.C.).
Gieben, n.p. 1998. 333p. Cloth. Gilt stamped. Spine and cover (partly) discoloured. Initials stamp, date and personal library mark on free endpaper. 'Only four years ago, A. Goldsworthy, in his work 'The Roman Army at War' wrote that producing a book on the logistics of the Roman army was simply not possible because not enough evidence existed to do so credibly, Paul Erdkamp's book proves beyond a doubt that Goldsworthy was incorrect (…). This work does contain many strengths, Unfortunately, there are also several flaws that should not be above mention. Firstly, the author has a terrible habit of repeating evidence and arguments. The book contains little in the way of cross-referencing. (…) This is a serious defect and makes the work nearly impossible to use for reference purposes. (…) There is little doubt that this, taken a a whole, is a highly important work. If anything, E. has not just illustrated the means by which Roman armies were supplied, but he has drawn attention to the importance of logistics to the entire Roman world. Military historians, whether Greek or Roman, will find the book of particular interest, yet it should be read by ancient historians of any specialty, as it is a seminal work that presents the Roman Mediterranean in a very different light. E. had done a tremendous amount of research and has pulled together a large body of evidence on a topic that even the ancients mentioned only in passing. A book on Roman logistics can indeed be written, and, together with J.P. Roth (who brought forth 'The Logistics of The Roman Army at War' within six months of publication of 'Hunger and the Sword'). E. has shown scholarship the way forward, illustrating that this is a topic that can no longer be ignored.' (JOHN SERRATI in The Journal of Roman Studies, 2000, pp.223-24).