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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched., 3 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: The Carthaginians 6th2nd Century BC (Elite 201) (Paperback)
A brand new Osprey book (published 2014) well researched by Andrea Salimbeti and Raffaele D'Amato, only marred by poor murky and unattractive illustrations by Giuseppe Rava. The book is slim and quite a lot of space is taken up with photos of rusting helmets or featureless stone figures. None of the usual magnificent action scenes as a guide to the historian & wargamer. The pictures of Carthaginian warriors are badly proportioned and lacking in detail. I expected the graphics to be far superior. Perhaps the Carthaginians did have arms and legs of different lengths or retractable limbs? A great pity the illustrations provide such poor support for the text, which is thorough and detailed.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2014 07:45:52 BDT
Dear anonymous or shetlandcats
I am sorry to see that your judgment on our book is not pushed by objectivity and especially, considering what You have written, I doubt strongly about your knowledge on the topic.
About the question that the book is slim, you have to discuss with Osprey. We would have like to do an library on Carthaginians, and if You can convince Osprey to give us enough space do not worry, we have enough material to do it. About your judgment on the photos of the book, we are sorry to say that beside the photos of the 6 published helmets (2 of which completely preserved and not rusted because they are bronze), this book publishes for the first time a lot of never seen material on the Punic warriors, and not only on the mercenaries of Hannibal or other Carthaginian generals. Some photos - like the weapons in the color photo of p. 38 - are published for the first time on a worldwide publication, and the book shows material that You will hardly find in any other publication on the Carthaginian army. Of course is an archaeological book. I suggest you also to read it and not just look at the figures.
About the plates, the details of some plates like E are unrivalled, and of course for us Giuseppe is a great artist. I understand You do not like the style of Rava, it is your choice and your taste, but, honestly, I do not think that the work of Giuseppe can be denigrated in such a way.
I will appreciated a little of objectivity more and also a little of honesty. But please show us Your works on the topic and your ability in painting, so that we can judge as well.
Best wishes
Raffaele D'Amato e Andrea Salimbeti
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