From the Latin warriors on the Palatine Hill in the age of Romulus, to the last defenders of Constantinople in 1453 AD, the weaponry of the Roman Army was constantly evolving. Through glory and defeat, the Roman warrior adapted to the changing face of warfare. Due to the immense size of the Roman Empire, which reached from the British Isles to the Arabian Gulf, the equipment of the Roman soldier varied greatly from region to region. Through the use of materials such as leather, linen and felt, the army was able to adjust its equipment to these varied climates.
Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier sheds new light on the many different types of armour used by the Roman soldier, and combines written and artistic sources with the analysis of old and new archaeological finds. With a huge wealth of plates and illustrations, which include ancient paintings, mosaics, sculptures and coin depictions, this book gives the reader an unparalleled visual record of this fascinating period of military history.
This book, the first of three volumes, examines the period from Marius to Commodus. Volume II will cover the period from Commodus to Justinian, and Volume III will look at the period from Romulus to Marius.
”…fresh in depth look…uses sources such as archaeological evidence ... illustrated throughout…magnificent full color plates buy Graham Sumner supporting the new research published in this book…” Toy Soldier and Model Figure (UK), 08/2010
"…a significant contribution to the understanding of the Roman Army" Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 09/2010
“…provides a wealth of textual and archaeological evidence….slaughters some rather old sacred cows, but at the same time it’s one of the freshest insights into old sources…wealth of information covered is stunning…” United Nations of Roma Victrix Review, 07/25/2011
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