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Rome's Enemies: Desert Frontier No.5 (Men-at-Arms) [Paperback]

David Nicolle , Angus McBride
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26 Mar 1992 Men-at-Arms (Book 243)
Rome's desert frontier was one where the Empire faced few dangers, for here relations were generally based on a mutual interest in trade across the frontier. Yet when Rome did clash with desert peoples, particularly those of Syria and Arabia, the mobility, fighting skills and ability to withdraw into an arid wilderness often gave the Arabs, Berbers and Sudanese an extra edge. This fascinating volume by David Nicolle explores the history and armies of Rome's enemies of the desert frontier. The author's fine text is accompanied by a wealth of illustrations and photographs, including eight stunning full page colour plates by Angus McBride.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (26 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855321661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855321663
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual subject explored well albeit too briefly 17 Dec 2003
This is a very unusual subject, covered exceptionally well. Dr David Nicholle lives up to his reputation by exploring Rome's neighbours from the Berbers, through the African kingdoms south of Egypt to those of Arabia and Syria. He touches on the the very neglected topic of Pre-Islamic Arabia. May only regret is not big enough to do each of these areas the justice they deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Men-at-Arms series goes East 30 May 2000
By Olivier Clementin - Published on Amazon.com
Usual Men-At-Arms series quality, lots of pictures, interesting historical background. Covers North Africa (Numidia, Nubia), Syria (Palmyra), Mesopotamia (Hatra), Arabia (Nabateans, Lakhmids and Yemenis) and a good bibliography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So often forgotten 26 Feb 2011
By Anibal Madeira - Published on Amazon.com
Professor David Nicolle made a superb job. In just 40 pages plus 8 competent Angus McBride colored plates; he managed to competently give a broad overview of the main civilizations and tribes that lived in the southern and eastern frontiers of the Roman world.

The title is somewhat misleading, most of the peoples described had excellent diplomatic relations with Rome, even policing the desert and providing auxiliary troops and later serving as foederati; though occasionally there was tension and conflict.

With the colored plates you can see good representations of several of those tribes, and in this book this is quite important so that we can see for example Iranian influences in palmyran dress and weapons or the Egyptian Pharaonic influence in the Meroitic civilization. It includes the following plates: North Africa 2nd - 1st Cent BC; Meroitic Sudan; Nubia 3rd-4th Cent AD; Judaea & Arabia Petraea; Palmyra 3rd Cent AD; Palmyra & Hatra 2nd-3rd Cent AD; Arabia Felix & Aethiopia 4th-6th Cent AD and Iran's Desert Neighbors 3rd-6th Cent AD.

Also very interesting are the black and White photos with pictures of statues of palmyran gods; you will also find excellent archeological drawings of artifacts, fortifications, graffiti and petroglyphs (this is one of Prof Nicolle greatest virtues - he almost always shows his sources to document his claims - the mark of a true scholar).
It's divided by regions so it saves space not describing similar characteristics of different tribes that shared ways of living and fighting. You will find information about Western North Africa (including Berbers and Numids), Nile Valley (including the Noba and Meroe), Southern Arabia (Yemen, Hijaz, Mecca among others), Siria (Nabatea, Idumeans, Palmyra, etc.) and also Mesopotamia (including the Lakhmids, Hatra, etc.).

There are two mistakes that stole one star of the otherwise well deserved five stars this book should get. The birth of Christ dated at 6 AD (that's clearly impossible, Herod the great died 4 BC...all scholars I read about that issue refer between 8 BC and 4 BC); and a siege of Hatra at 137 AD (I know of the Trajan's siege of 117 and the Severan at the end of the II cent. - Probably Prof Nicolle is referring to the 117 AD siege).

Very good book and clearly recommended to get an overview of those Rome's neighbors so often forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Warriors 2 April 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not give this book enough stars. The plates are beautiful and detailed even by Angus McBride's standards, but the text by itself would still be worth every penny. It examines a somewhat overlooked subject and researches it in a detailed and captivating manner. It covers the following peoples/regions:
North Africa
Southern Arabia
Central Arabia
Syria (including Herodian and zealot Jewish armies under Roman rule)
The plates are:
A: A Numidian prince and two of his warriors
B: A Meroitic Lady and two of her warriors
C: King Silko, a tribal archer, and a Roman mercenary
D: A Herodian cavalryman and an Arab ally are attacked by a Jewish rebel
E: The beautiful Queen Zenobia of Palmyra with her husband Odenathus and a retainer
F: Palmyran armies
G: Ethiopian Governor or Arabia Felix, with Arab troops
H: Arab auxiliaries in Romano-Byzantine service on the eve of the rise of Islam
Also has a good plate commentary and, even besides the plates is visually exciting. Highly recommended!
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good and the weak. 18 Aug 2008
By Dwight E. Howell - Published on Amazon.com
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The dealer gave good service.

The connection with Ancient Rome was sometimes a little thin and in some cases it was clear not much was known about some of these people at the time of Ancient Rome. They were guessing based on material from other times.

Considering where some of these people lived that isn't completely surprising.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly inspiring 23 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the usual Osprey book with the usual text by David Nicolle and the usual artwork by McBride. Definitely not McBride at his best.
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