Adrian Goldsworthy Books In Order

Napoleonic War Books In Order

  1. True Soldier Gentlemen (2011)
  2. Beat the Drums Slowly (2011)
  3. Send Me Safely Back Again (2012)
  4. All in Scarlet Uniform (2013)
  5. Run Them Ashore (2014)
  6. Whose Business is to Die (2015)

Vindolanda Books In Order

  1. Vindolanda (2017)
  2. The Encircling Sea (2018)
  3. Brigantia (2019)

City of Victory Books In Order

  1. The Fort (2021)
  2. The City (2022)

Non fiction

  1. The Roman Army At War (1996)
  2. Punic Wars (2000)
  3. Caesar’s Civil War (2002)
  4. In the Name of Rome (2003)
  5. Roman Warfare (2005)
  6. Rome At War (2005)
  7. Caesar (2006)
  8. Cannae (2007)
  9. The Fall of the West (2009)
  10. Antony and Cleopatra (2010)
  11. The Complete Roman Army (2011)
  12. The Fall of Carthage (2012)
  13. Caesar’s Civil War 49-44 BC (2013)
  14. How Rome Fell (2014)
  15. Augustus (2014)
  16. Pax Romana (2016)
  17. Hadrian’s Wall (2018)
  18. Philip and Alexander (2020)

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Adrian Goldsworthy Books Overview

The Roman Army At War

Goldsworthy examines how the Roman army operated on campaign and in battle. He compares the army’s organization and strategic doctrine with those of its chief opponents and explores in detail the reality of battle: tactics, weaponry, leadership, and, most of all, the important issue of morale.

Punic Wars

An impressive new historian of Roman warfare highly praised by John Keegan has written a thoroughly engrossing account of the greatest conflict of antiquity. It will grab the attention of military buffs and general readers alike. The struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage encompassed the First 264 241 B.C. and Second 149 146 B.C. Punic Wars; both sides suffered casualties exceeding that of any war fought before the modern era. Its outcome had far reaching consequences for the Western world, too, as it led to the ascendancy of Rome. In grand narrative style, follow the fighting on land and sea; the terrible pitched battles; and such generals as Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, and Scipio Aemilianus, who finally drove Carthage into the ground. A Main Selection of the History Book Club.

Caesar’s Civil War

Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great were two of the greatest generals Rome had ever produced. Together they had brought vast stretches of territory under Roman dominion. In 49 BC they turned against each other and plunged Rome into civil war. Legion was pitched against legion in a vicious battle for political domination of the vast Roman world. Based on original sources, Adrian Goldsworthy provides a gripping account of this desperate power struggle. The armies were evenly matched but in the end Caesar’s genius as a commander and his great good luck brought him victory in 45 BC.

In the Name of Rome

Adrian Goldsworthy has received wide acclaim for his exceptional writing on the Roman Empire including high praise from the acclaimed military historian and author John Keegan and here he offers a new perspective on the Empire by focusing on its greatest generals, including Scipio Africanus, Marius, Pompey, Caesar, and Titus. Each chapter paints a fascinating portrait of a single general, offering in depth insight into his leadership skills and victories, as well as each one’s pioneering strategies, many of which are still used today. In the process, this absorbing, reader friendly history tells the complete story of Roman warfare, from the bitter struggle with Carthage in the 3rd century BC to the last desperate attempt to win back the Western Empire in the 6th century AD. A selection of the History Book Club.

Roman Warfare

The Roman Army was the most advanced professional fighting force the world had ever seen. What distinguished the Roman Army from its opponents was the uncompromising, total destruction of its enemies. The Romans’ ruthless approach to warfare eventually created an empire that included much of Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. This authoritative history narrates the dramatic rise and fall of the Roman Empire, a journey author Adrian Goldsworthy traces with colorful anecdote and rich illustration. From the origins of Rome and the conquest of Italy to the great era of world conquest and empire The epic wars with Carthage and the Hellenistic world Periods of crisis and instability within the growing Roman Empire The eventual collapse of the Roman Empire in the West and its resurgence in the East

Rome At War

The story of a small town that rose to become the most powerful empire of the ancient world has been an inspiration to generations of people. Even after the collapse of the Roman Empire, many nations and their leaders have styled themselves ‘heirs of Rome’, emulating its society, technology and warfare. This book details the wars that shaped the Roman Empire, from the Gallic Wars of Julius Caesar and the subsequent civil war between Caesar and Pompey which tore apart the ageing Republic, through the expansion of the early Empire to its ‘decline and fall’. Contains material previously published in Essential Histories 21: Rome At War , Essential Histories 43: Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Essential Histories 42: Caesar’s Civil War .


Caius Julius Caesar remains the most famous Roman and indeed one of the most famous people ever to have lived. In this new biography, the first for many years, Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of the man who has inspired politicians, military leaders and philanderers throughout history. From the very beginning, Caesar‘s story makes dazzling reading. In his late teens he narrowly avoided execution for opposing the military dictator Sulla. He was decorated for valour in battle, captured and held to ransom by pirates, and almost bankrupted himself by staging games for the mas*ses. As a politician, he quickly gained a reputation as a dangerously ambitious maverick. By his early 30s he had risen to the position of Consul, and was already beginning to dominate the Senate. His affairs with noblewomen were both frequent and scandalous he slept with countless other men’s wives, seduced both mothers and their daughters, and had love affairs with everyone from Brutus’s mother to the beautiful and enigmatic Cleopatra. His greatest skill, outside the bedroom, was as a military commander. In a string of spectacular victories he conquered all of Gaul, invaded Germany, and twice landed in Britain an achievement which in 55BC was greeted with a public euphoria comparable to that generated by the moon landing in 1969. In just thirty years he had risen from a position of virtual obscurity to become one of the richest men in the world, with the power single handedly to overthrow the Republic. By his death, itself a spectacular event, he was effectively emperor of most of the known world.


On August 2, 216 BC, in the Italian town of Cannae, Hannibal won his greatest victory against the Romans and for centuries after, it became a perfectly executed model that generals everywhere drew on. Using primary sources and brilliant images, Goldsworthy tells the story of this epic confrontation and its devastating tactics. An excellent addition to scholarship on the Second Punic War…
Lavishly illustrated, engagingly written it will appeal to readers at all levels. Choice.

The Fall of the West

In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable. Its vast territory accounted for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. What accounts for this improbable decline? Here, Adrian Goldsworthy applies the scholarship, perspective, and narrative skill that defined his monumental Caesar to address perhaps the greatest of all historical questions how Rome fell. It was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers. It was a time of revolutionary ideas, especially in religion, as Christianity went from persecuted sect to the religion of state and emperors. Goldsworthy pays particular attention to the willingness of Roman soldiers to fight and kill each other. Ultimately, this is the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state. How Rome Fell is a brilliant successor to Goldsworthy’s ‘monumental’ The Atlantic Caesar. 20090607

Antony and Cleopatra

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of antiquity, preeminent historian Adrian Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time. A history of lives lived intensely at a time when the world was changing profoundly, the book takes readers on a journey that crosses cultures and boundaries from ancient Greece and ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire. Drawing on his prodigious knowledge of the ancient world and his keen sense of the period’s military and political history, Goldsworthy creates a singular portrait of the iconic lovers. Antony and Cleopatra were first and foremost political animals, explains Goldsworthy, who places politics and ideology at the heart of their storied romance. Undertaking a close analysis of ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of current scholarship and dispels misconceptions that have entered the popular consciousness. He explains why Cleopatra was consistently portrayed by Hollywood as an Egyptian, even though she was really Greek, and argues that Antony had far less military experience than anyone would suspect from reading Shakespeare and other literature. Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.A masterfully told and deeply human story of love, politics, and ambition, Goldsworthy s Antony and Cleopatra delivers a compelling reas*sessment of a major episode in ancient history.

The Complete Roman Army

The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its highly advanced organization and tactics were unequaled until the modern era, and monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill are still visible today throughout Europe and the Mediterranean world. This book is the first to examine in detail not just the early imperial army, but also the citizens’ militia of the republic and the army of the later empire. Every aspect of the Roman army, from the daily lives of individual soldiers to the outcome of major campaigns, is explored: The Republican Army considers the earliest armies, the creation of the Roman navy, and the militia army that conquered the Mediterranean. The Professional Army describes reforms under Marius and his successors and the creation of the new legionary structure. The Life of a Roman Soldier looks in detail at all aspects, from recruitment and daily routine to equipment and off duty life. The Army at War reveals how the army operated, from grand tactics to hand to hand combat and siege warfare. The Army of Late Antiquity examines the reorganization after the defeats of the third century and the rise in the use of cavalry. Discussions of key Roman battles and brief biographies of the great commanders bring the army’s campaigns and personalities to life, while hundreds of photographs, diagrams, and specially commissioned battle plans illustrate the many aspects of the Roman army over several centuries. 245 illustrations, 107 in color.

The Fall of Carthage

Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the best young historians writing today. John KeeganThe Fall of Carthage was the greatest conflict of the ancient world, and thanks to one of the finest historians of our time, this sweeping saga comes to life anew for modern audiences. The cast of endlessly fascinating characters includes the generals Hannibal and Scipio, as well as treacherous chieftains, beautiful princesses, scheming politicians, and tough professional warriors.

Caesar’s Civil War 49-44 BC

When Rome’s two greatest generals, Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, turned against each other in 49 BC, Rome was plunged into civil war. This book draws on Caesar’s own account of the war to chronicle the vicious battles and their aftermath that finally resulted in victory for Caesar in 45 BC.

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