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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780965877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780965871
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Dr Ross Cowan is a British author and historian. He is a specialist in Roman warfare and makes occasional forays into Scottish military history. For more information, and examples of his work, please visit http://independent.academia.edu/RossCowan

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"Archaeological relics blend with other color illustrations to accompany a detailed discussion of centurions and legionnaires, discussing cavalrymen and foot soldiers alike in a pick recommended for any early military history holding."- "The Midwest Book Review "(July 2013)

About the Author

Ross Cowan went to the University of Glasgow with the intention of studying Medieval history but was waylaid by Classics, and eventually emerged with a Ph.D. for research on the Praetorian Guard and Second Parthian Legion. Now a freelance writer and historian, Dr Cowan has published on all aspects of warfare in the Roman World. Sean O'Brogain lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. He has a BA (Hons) in scientific and natural history illustration from Blackpool and Fylde College (Lancaster University).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
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After so many books on the Roman legions and legionaries, including a number of titles from Osprey, I was a bit concerned that this one might be a "rehash" of previous titles. It is not. While Osprey titles are necessarily limited in size and the materials contained can generally be found scattered throughout the more specialized literature, this title does a good job in presenting the Roman legionary from the beginning of Vespasian's reign to that of Marcus Aurelius.

All the sections I was expecting to find are included: chronology, recruitment and terms of service, training, tactical organization, equipment, campaign, battle and its aftermath. The contents of these sections are also mostly what I was expecting. However, there were also numerous useful elements that are often not found in similar titles, or at least not explained as well. One example is the section on the formation and destruction of Roman legions, showing that, for all their vaulted invincibility, many legions suffered heavy losses and a number were destroyed over the period, sometimes entirely.

The contents of this booklet also include a number of other interesting (and often little-known) features. One example is the terms of service where the minimum age for enlisting and the ordinary term of service were exceeded, sometimes considerably, with 14-year old recruits or veterans with more than forty years of service. While the author makes good use of the information obtained from the tombstones of legionaries who served and died during this period, it is however not possible to ascertain to what extent these were common practices or exceptions.
More generally, Ross Cowan's book has two merits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 10 Mar. 2014
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Another good addition to the Osprey Roman series, a difficult period for Ross Cowan to research as there is a dearth of information from classical contemporary sources for this period, however to my mind the author does a pretty good job overall. The colour plates are good but not outstanding, osprey have produced better in the past, of more interest to me are the photographs from Trajan's Column , Tropaeum Traiani, and various funerary monuments which provide a plethora of valuable information.
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A very good book on the roman army and worth the reading.also very good service from the seller thank you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bierbrauer on 19 Dec. 2013
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As usual a good small booklet which presents the main themes of the life of a legionary in the time of the Empire AD 69-161. This was a time when much of the Empire was at peace and when Roman tourism first sprang forth. The book however emphasises the life of a legionary such as his tasks, his uniform, armour, weapons etc as well as training. The artwork is quite good but does not compare to the superb work of Angus McBride much used in previous Osprey books, e.g. Roman Legionary 58 BC - AD 69. This book also changes the usual format where the artwork is presented in a central section to now being spread throughout the book. Personally I prefer the central section approach.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Oakes on 15 April 2013
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These books are great for back ground knowledge without having to be too scholarly - they also invigorate the imagination.
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