Connolly's approach to history is unique, tracing the career of Roman soldier Tiberius Claudius Maximus. Using archaeological material including tombstones and original Roman documents, Connolly examines the progression of Maximus from the time he entered the Seventh Legion on the Danube frontier in central Europe in 85 a.d. , to the day that Maximus retired as a cavalry officer in Mesopotamia. Readers discover details of warfare and army life of the period, including weapons, tactics, training, and the mundane daily routines. Richly illustrated, with maps and index, The Legionary and The Cavalryman complement the existing literature on Roman history. Background reading, although not essential, would benefit readers.