Arms And Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier

From Marius to Commodus

Raffaele D’Amato, Graham Sumner

This book sheds new light on the many different types of armor used by the Roman soldier during the period from Marius to Commodus, and combines written and artistic sources with the analysis of old and new archaeological finds. It gives the reader an unparalleled visual record of this fascinating period of military history.
Date Published :
September 2009
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
more than 400 b/w and color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848325128
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
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$60.00

Overview
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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.

About The Author
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Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He is the author of several books including the acclaimed _Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier_.

REVIEWS
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"…a significant contribution to the understanding of the Roman Army"

- Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“…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

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