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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (5 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199104255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199104253
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 872,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Connolly's approach here is unique... Readers discover details of warfare and army life of the period, including weapons, tactics, training, and the mundane daily routines. Richly illustrated with maps and index...complement(s) the existing literature on Roman history."--School Library Journal"Every page is lavishly illustrated.... Bring[s] history to life for kids."--Star Tribune

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Peter Connolly has written and illustrated many books for children about the Ancient World, including the award-winning Legend of Odysseus. He is an honorary research fellow of the Institute of Archaeology in London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Peter Connolly has brilliantly reconstructed the life of a Roman soldier--who lived less than a hundred years after the death of Christ--by using a vast array of archaeological material, including tombstones and original Roman documents written on papyrus found in the sands of Egypt and Syria. The soldier's name was Tiberius Claudius Maximus and he served under the emperor Trajan, in his great wars in Central Europe and the Middle East. Maximus was decorated three times for bravery and became famous for hunting down Rome's great enemy, Decebalus (leader of the Dacians, whose lands covered all of what is now Romania). This is the first of a two volume series the second title is the CAVALRY MAN.

These two volumes trace the soldier's career from the day he entered the Seventh Legion on the Danube frontier in Central Europe, in about 85 AD, to the day he retired as a cavalry officer in Mesopotamia some thirty years later. They provide a unique portrait of the life of an ordinary man who lived during one of the most extraordinary periods of Western history. In addition to the text, a huge amount of information is conveyed in the richly detailed illustrations that have become the trademark of Peter Connolly's work. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Richard Lawson on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book gives an overview of the Roman Legionary from the first century AD. Using the details of one particular soldiers career (Tiberius Claudius Maximus) to give 'a storyline' to the flow of the book.
This book can be read without any historical knowledge of the period, although it's very helpful to have a wider perspective and as a simple introduction to the subject the book works quite well.
My disapointment was it was too short and not detailed enough. It certainly doesn't read like a story and the background information is often not fully qualified.
Having said that, Peter Connolly's artwork helps you 'see' the detail described in the text and helps to draw in the younger reader.
Despite my disapointment I did enjoy the book and if you do too I would also recommend the 'sequel' The Cavalryman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart on 31 May 2013
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realy nice to read, lots of artwork. love the small story line in the 2 books. it took me on a small jurny and gave me alot of info
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 7 Aug. 2008
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The Legionary is a classic example of Peter Connolly's books. It's been out of print for some time, but it might be worth getting hold of a second hand copy if you enjoy Mr.Connolly's books.

Using the life of the second century legionary Tiberius Claudius Maximus as his template, Connolly attempts to reconstruct Trajan's Dacian campaign and the life of the ordinary legionary at the height of Roman power.

So we follow Maximus's career, from his enlistement into the legion to his first experience of battle on the Dacian frontier. Along the way we learn about his harsh training under the unforgiving eyes of his commanding centurion, the strenuous marches, weapons training, the dirty jobs around the camp, life at the fort, and the experience of battle.

Connolly presents us with some sections that look at the legionary's equipment: his helmet, weapons, kit, armour, shields, and tools. He also displays the organisation of the legion with some handy and useful diagrams. Photographs and maps are also included.

The book is filled with Connolly's excellent reconstructive paitnings. I've seen many of the pictures displayed in this book at numerous archaeological museums, so it is rather clear that they are accurate depictions of the time. If anything, this book should be brought for the illustrations alone.

In someways this book is slightly outdated, as a lot of archaeological finds relating to the Roman army have been discovered since the eighties. With that in mind this is still a pretty good book. If you can find a cheap copy then buy it. Recommended!
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By Seany on 30 Oct. 2014
Format: Library Binding
brilliant
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