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For the general reader or student of Roman military history.,
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This review is from: Roman Centurions 31 BC-AD 500 (Men-at-arms) (Paperback)
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This volume is a follow up to Roman Centurions, 753-31 BC, The Kingdom and the Age of the Consuls by the same author. Using ancient records and sources and archaeological evidence the author and the illustrator (Company Member Guiseppe Rava) reconstruct the ever changing uniform of the Roman centurion from the Age of Augustus to the extinction of the Western Empire. Nowhere do we meet a drab centurion. Variations in leg armor, and helmet and armor styles are well depicted and explained. Even the centurion's vine staff (vitis) changes and the distiguishing transvere crest diappears. We even see a Roman adaptation of Christian symbols on the uniform and a re-created investiture ceremony (Plates H1 and C).
All centurion ranks are classified, their decorations are illustrated and, as in the previous volume, we are acquainted with actual centurions through their grave markers and their personal inscriptions left on various monuments around the empire. Particularly evocative is the inscription (found in modern Bulgria-ancient Moesia and dated to 184 AD) of Lucius Maximus Gaetulicus, chief centurion of Legion I Italica, who served for 57 years (p.3).
For the general reader or as a reference while reading the classics, Roman Centurions is highly recommended.