Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses

M.C. Bishop

Date Published :
January 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
40 photographs, plus b/w maps and line drawings throughout
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848841383
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This is a reference guide to Roman legionary fortresses throughout the former Roman Empire, of which approximately eighty-five have been located and identified. With the expansion of the empire and the garrisoning of its army in frontier regions during the 1st century AD, Rome began to concentrate its legions in large permanent bases. Some have been explored in great detail, others are barely known, but this book brings together for the first time the legionary fortresses of the whole empire.

An introductory section outlines the history of legionary bases and their key components. At the heart of the book is a referenced and illustrated catalog of the known bases, each with a specially prepared plan and an aerial photograph. A detailed bibliography provides up-to-date publication information.

The book will be accompanied by a website providing online links to sites relevant to particular fortresses and a Google Earth file containing all of the known fortress locations.

About The Author

Mike Bishop is a specialist on the Roman army, with many publications to his name including the acclaimed and widely used Roman Military Equipment (with J C N Coulston, 2006). The founding editor of Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies, he has also led several excavations of Roman sites.


“…for those with a passionate interest or a specialty in Roman military history, this work is an essential reference.”

- “Site O”: A Newsletter on Fortifications History

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