Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses Hardcover – 8 Jan 2013
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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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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.
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.