Paul @ Warlord Games wrote:Two I can recommend which might be lighter reading and give you a good grounding are these:
Imperial Rome at War. Snaffled my copy cheap on eBay. Loads of great illustrations and bite size pieces of info that gives you a flavour and lots of details on the Legions and other elements of the Roman fighting machine.
Roman Legions in colour photographs. Stacks of re-enactor pics and details of kit. Very useful book for the wargamer in terms of details and painting tips.
For inspiration look no further than Simon Scarrow's Macro & Cato books - think Sharpe in sandals with the outlook of a British squaddy. Brilliant stuff. Hmmm, trying to think who I lent my lot to now!
Feel free to pop over to Warlord HQ to have a look at them if you want...
Good advice! Much as I like Plutarch, Caesar, Tacitus, et al, (I'm a Roman nut, by the way), when I'm starting out on a new period, I prefer to start with something lighter, with plenty of colourful pictures for inspiration.