From the Latin warriors on the Palatine Hill in the age of Romulus, to the last defenders of Constantinople in 1453 AD, the weaponry of the Roman Army was constantly evolving. Through glory and defeat, the Roman warrior adapted to the changing face of warfare. Due to the immense size of the Roman Empire, which reached from
the British Isles to the Arabian Gulf, the equipment of the Roman soldier varied greatly from region to region.Through the use of materials such as leather, linen and felt, the army was able to adjust its equipment to these varied climates.
Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier sheds new light on the many different types of armour used by the Roman soldier, and combines written and artistic sources with the analysis of old and new archaeological finds. With a huge wealth of plates and illustrations, which include ancient paintings, mosaics, sculptures and coin depictions, this book gives the reader an unparalleled visual record of this fascinating period of military history.
This book, the first of three volumes, examines the period from Marius to Commodus. Volume II covers the period from Commodus to Justinian, and Volume III will look at the period from Romulus to Marius.
An impressive achievement, a testament to an enormous scholarly effort—and it is a significant contribution to the understanding of the Roman army.Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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... [read full review]Amazon.co.uk website
'Without doubt, this is the definitive study of clothing, armour and weaponry worn by Roman soldiers during the golden age of their conquests...D'Amato has brought together a remarkable collection of archaeological photographs gathered over decades... [read full review]Tim Newark, Military Illustrated Magazine
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About Graham Sumner
Graham Sumner has written and illustrated a number of books and articles on the Roman Army and has illustrated other books on Roman history including Tim Strickland's Roman Chester and Roman Middlewich and Roman Britain by Plantagenet Somerset Fry. Graham's illustrations have appeared at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester; The Archaeological Museum, Durham; Vindolanda; the Roman Army Museum; Hadrian's Wall; the Museu d' Historia de Tarragona; and the ‘Santi, Banchieri e Re’ exhibition in Ravenna.
About Raffaele D'Amato
Raffaele D'Amato has written many articles on warfare and has a special interest in the military equipment of Ancient Rome and Byzantium. He devotes a great deal of his free time to historical and archaeological research, travelling extensively throughout northern Europe, Greece, Eygypt, Turkey and the Balkans, and works in collaboration with various institutes of history and archaeology.
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