Guy de la Bedoyere has written a large number of books on the Roman world over the last thirty years, most recently Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard. He was part of Channel 4's archaeology series Time Team for fifteen years. He has degrees from Durham, London and University College, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has lectured in Britain and abroad, mainly Australia, and is an accredited lecturer of the Arts Society.
Gladius makes for a richly researched, detailed and plausible portrait, warts and all, bang up to date with the latest archaeological finds, and a highly enjoyable read throughout -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times * A remarkably precise picture of life in the Roman army - how the men were armed and billeted, what they ate, drank, wore, how they were promoted or punished, how they built their great, straight roads, what they did for sexual relief * Telegraph *