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This review is from: The Complete Roman Army (Hardcover)
The book is a bit disappointing. There are some bad mistakes like naming a "Gladius" to "Spatha" in one picture. Is it also too hard to have also good pictures of republican and late roman re-enactors in one book instead of those high-empire "Ermine Street Quard" guys who seem to be everywhere? Why are there whole-page pictures of Hadrian`s crumbling walls in colour and then a tiny black-and-white picture of a very interesting looking late roman soldiers? Bad editing, I quess. Also the illustrations are very disappointing and rudimentary. They also give the wrong impressions for example of roman swords. The shape of "Mainz type" sword is awful and in comparison to newer "Pompeii style" sword they were usually longer.
The text is very good like always with Adrian Goldsworthy, although there`s not much new. So there`s plenty of room for another basic book about roman army, this book won`t fill the need. The "dream book" about roman army would be in my mind a combination of Peter Connolly`s illustrations, Daniel Peterson "Roman Legions Recreated in Coulour Photographs" style photos and Adrian Goldsworthy`s writing. We are still waiting for a "Complete Roman Army".
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2012 22:37:12 BDT
I was going to buy this book, until i read the comment by p. Halme
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 13:48:26 GMT
Same here. I think I will now opt for Nigel Pollard's Complete Roman Legions ( 2012), it is much newer and may have better illustrations.
I would love a book that combinaed Connolly's illustrations, Peterson's " Roman Legions" and a good writer.
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