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This is, without any doubt, the best book I have read on the armour of the Roman soldier since H Russell Robinson's book all those centuries ago! Signore D'Amato has produced a superb work. As I was never convinced by post-1970 claims of endless tens of thousands of Republican and early Imperial legionaries clad in mail this has admittedly backed up beliefs I have held for a long time (supported by Caesar's own 'Civil Wars' - read it!) but D'Amato supports his assertions with painstaking analysis of the evidence. This is a work, which any serious student of the Roman army simply has to read. Magnificently illustrated and persuasively written; don't hesitate - buy it and read it, now! Oh yeah - why not 5 stars after all that; because the author's sections on Roman army organisation are surprisingly out of date. He does not appear to be aware of Dr Kate Gilliver's excellent 'The Roman Art of War' (1999 - also available from Amazon), which questions (as effectively as D'Amato himself) accepted 'facts' about the organisation of the various components of the Roman army (legions, auxiliary cohorts, etc.); make sure you read that too. As usual, great artwork by Graham Sumner and I am looking forward to the next two volumes in D'Amato's planned trilogy.