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Roman Centurions 753-31 BC: The Kingdom and the Age of Consuls (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 20 Aug 2011
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New archaeological research has resulted in a complete re-evaluation of the dress and equipment of the Centurions of the Roman World.
About the Author
Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient world. He is an external professor to the Athens University School of Philosophy and Material Culture. This is his first book for Osprey.
Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He lives and works in Italy.
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The Contents are –
P03: The Age of Kings
.Centurions in the armies of the first kings; centurions in the army of Servius Tullius
P05: The Early Consular Period
.Organization of the manipular legion; the legion in the 3rd-2nd centuries BC; the centurions
P09: The Late Consular Period
.The Marian reforms; the cohortal legion
P11: Career and Status
.The early periods: L. Siccius; Ennius, the puzzle of the promotion sequence; Spurius Ligustinus;
.The Late Consular Period: centurions of equestrian status; the civil wars; the qualities expected of centurions; pay and rewards
P17: Duties and Service
.Training and discipline; camp duties; punishment for failure; guarding standards; detached service; centurions in council;
.Courage and high casualties; Laevinus; P. Sextus Baculus; Caesius Scaeva
P24; Arms and Equipment
P34: Defensive Equipment
.Helmets; shields; body and leg armour
P37: Clothing and distinctions
.Clothing; the Centurion’s vine-staff; military decorations
P43: Plate Commentaries
The colour plates:
A – The Age of Kings: three very colourful characters from the 6th & 5th centuries BC, one Roman, one Latin and one Etrusco-Tarquinian.
B – Expansion in Italy, 4th-3rd Centuries BC: fight scene at a ford with four figures, Etruscan hoplite and centurion, Roman princeps and centurion.
C – The Sardinian Revolt, 215 BC: big battle scene, with a duel in the foreground between a Roman centurion and a Sardinian noble, and a background of Romans, Carthaginians, Spanish and local tribesmen.
D – The Second Punic War, 3rd-2nd Centuries BC: after Zama, a Carthaginian officer of the Sacred band is surrendering to a Roman and an Etruscan centurion, in the background is the aftermath of the battle.
E – Marius’s Triumph over Jugurtha, 104 BC: Marius in his chariot, Jugurtha and sons walking ahead, with a centurion leading, various other characters in the background.
F – Sacrifice of Purification, 101 BC: A centurion in ceremonial dress in a parade to sacrifice a ram, with various ceremonial characters and some legionaries.
G – Caesar’s Centurions, 58-46 BC: three figures in detailed costumes.
H – The Last Consular Centurions, 44-30 BC: two armoured, one unarmoured figures.
The colour plates are excellent, with a mixture of figures and action scenes, as well as showing allies and enemies. This is a very good companion volume to the other Ospreys on the early Roman army.
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