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Super mix of fun and education!,
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This review is from: Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual (Unofficial Manuals) (Hardcover)
I purchased this with fairly low expectations, and was VERY pleasantly surprised. I've had an interest in the Romans for some years now, and I still managed to learn an awful lot from this little book - AND at times it made me laugh out loud in the process.
I hadn't realised it was going to be a hardback, so that was a nice bonus. The quality of the binding means it will last a long, long time.
Each chapter starts with a Latin inscription, with a translation at the bottom of the page. Some of these are wonderful. 'Try to appear unimportant - the enemy may be low on ammunition.' 'We were against the cream of the Gallic army. The odds were a thousand to one... but he was a very tough Gaul.'
The text is also peppered with relevant quotations by actual Roman writers (in English!)
Lots of illustrations, including a photo section of modern-day reenactment guys in full battle gear.
Chapter headings include:
Joining the Roman Army.
The 'Good Legion' Guide.
Alternative Military Careers.
Kit and equipment.
People who will want to kill you.
And much more.
Even if you're an expert on the subject of ancient Rome, you'll still find this a fun read. If you're not, you'll find it a fun read AND learn lots in the process.
Very highly recommended.