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- File Size: 62120 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Frontline Books (17 Sept. 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L6Z97TI
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier: From Marius to Commodus Kindle Edition
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Author Raffaele D'Amato argues strongly that the Romans made extensive use of leather body-armour , a view that has been unfashionable for many years . He presents evidence that many of the body-defences shown on Roman monuments and usually assumed to be mail or plate , may well be leather after all .Readers may be surprised by Graham Sumner's colour plates showing Valerius Crispus and Favonius Facilis clad in leather instead of the usual mail , or Caesarian legionaries wearing Hellenistic-style linen armour .
It will be interesting to see how other Roman Army experts react to this book in the years ahead .Controversy aside , this a well produced book , packed with black-and-white and colour photos of archaeological finds and lesser known military monuments .Although it might be heavy reading for a beginner , old hands will find much to
The book is divided into two parts, covering the late republican (112–30 BC) and early imperial (30 BC–AD 192) eras. Each is preceded by a descriptive timeline and the whole is supported by detailed chapter notes, bibliography and glossary. It is lavishly illustrated throughout; with extra lavish! Images come from three As: artists impressions: VII full-page, colour plates by Graham Sumner, plus numerous, smaller black and white drawings, artefacts: hundreds of photos of both general and detailed views); and ancient monuments: similarly with hundreds of photos from columns, monuments, friezes and buildings, showing both the overall view and close-ups of detail.
These are not mere eye-candy, but are an integral part of the book that are used in every paragraph to describe the arms and armour of the Roman soldier in the late republican and early imperial era.
The images provide evidence for each statement D’Amato makes and for his overall thesis, that modern interpretations of the Roman soldier have simplified and standardised their arms and armour into categories of ‘uniform’. He argues, lucidly and with reference to the available sources from the era, that the opposite was the case. Roman soldiers were armed and clothed from local sources and influences, their equipment (all of which was hand-made) was not standardised and was utilised by many generations of soldiers. He considers that “the ancient literary sources and their description of equipment are highly reliable against modern concepts that try to deny them” (p.Read more ›
Interestingly the book goes into the evidence for tunic colours from literary and mosaic, and painted examples, it also refers to the possibilities available with Roman fulling (this would be expected see Sumners book on Roman military dress). The volume is a very interesting collaboration between two respected authors. Highly recommended. The book is the middle of 3 planned volumes, on probably the more interesting of the periods for me, the others will deal with early Rome to Marius, and the latter volume on the late Roman empire. Due to the sheer quality of this publication will be getting the other volumes, just wish I knew when when they were getting published
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A wonderful product, like all summer graham magnificent illustrations but few, easy, fun and entertaining reading. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2012 by jabalasch
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