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Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses Hardcover – 8 Jan 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First edition (8 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848841388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848841383
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of this impressive book, Dr Mike Bishop, is a respected freelance archaeologist, writer and publisher specialising in Roman militaria. The Handbook is a reference guide to 103 legionary fortresses scattered around the frontiers of the Roman Empire, 11 of them in Britain. The bulk of this minutely researched volume consists of detailed plans, measurements and geographical data of each fortress with literary references. A number of large colour photographs, mostly taken by the author and his collaborator Jonathon Coulston, complement the descriptions. There are informative appendices including a timeline of legionary movements, and an exhaustive bibliography, and the book is linked to a website containing further detailed information and maps. The Handbook would be an asset to any serious library of Roman studies. - The Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace This is a reference guide to Roman legionary fortresses throughout the Roman Empire, of which approximately eighty-five have been located and identified. Some have been explored in great detail, others are barely known, but this book brings together for the first time the legionary fortresses of the whole empire. --academia


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I am fascinated by Roman Fortresses, who wouldn't be coming from Chester! The book backed up by thoughts that the forts were formulaic in layout all over the empire, in what ever period, i.e. playing card shaped and 400m wide. The photos, while clear, look like holiday snaps, but they make their point well enough. The book could have looked a bit more into internal structures, like strongrooms (at Chester) and more examples of bath houses.
These are only minor criticisms, I only wish that I would have had the where-with-all to have written it myself. Thank you, M. C. Bishop.
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Definitely not for casually-interested, but if you need to know how various Roman forts and fortresses across the empire were laid out, then you've come to the right place. Its coverage and attention to detail is impressive, and only goes to show how unstandard the standard design for Roman forts can be.

The abundance of site diagrams are augmented by chronologies of which legions were based there at any given time (subject to the available evidence), which is helpful to say the least. It does, however, restrict itself to legionary structures, so for an overview of Auxiliary/Cavalry forts, Duncan Campbell's compact Osprey volume will add a little extra.
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An essential text for anyone with an interest in Roman fortresses all over the empire. Wonderful.
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Useful textbook, well researched.
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excellent reference book
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