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on 14 January 2007
An indispensable academic collection and interpretation of the archaeological finds, representational and documentary evidence from across the Roman Period and the Roman world.

In chapters from the Republican period up to the Dominate, Bishop and Coulston give a summary overview and illustrate the development of equipment forms and decoration with 150 detailed line drawings. They include a chapter on production technology and provide an historical context for the study of military equipment itself.

This is a serious academic study of interest to archaeologist and historian, fully referenced, based on considerable scholarship and with an enviable reputation - the second edition was also awaited very eagerly in the re-enactment community as an authoritative argument-settler!
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on 1 June 2007
This book is a God send. Too much information on the Romans arms and armour seems to derive from secondary sources but you get the feel from this book that you are right there.

The illustrations quite correctly eschew modern CGI type recreations and use more old fashioned but infinitely more revealing imagery of the artifacts.

The artifacts are arranged together by period which gives a great insight on how the various pieces of equipment as a whole set of kit evolved.

Thoroughly recommended read for those serious on the subject.
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on 14 December 2007
If you are seriously interested in the Roman army and its equipment, this is an absolute must. Excellent illustrations as well.
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on 4 April 2013
A well written and informative volume.
Immense detail much of which was completely new to me.
A book I will consult frequently on its subject.
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on 20 December 2012
greatly appreciated by my husband, he thought it was extremely good and worthwhile buying, will have to look out for more books of M.C. Bishop
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on 8 January 2016
Good informative book, well worth thit money.
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on 9 December 2010
Gave it as a gift and it was most appreciated
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on 17 October 2015
very interesting and good book for reference
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on 13 August 2014
Superb book very interesting
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on 20 November 2014
Informative
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