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Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier (ePub)

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By Raffaele D'Amato, Graham Sumner
Frontline Books
File Size: 51.5 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473811898
Published: 19th March 2009


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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.

Referenced in further reading part of Graham Priest article ‘Roman arms and armour’

The Armourer, May 2020

I have to say I loved the book, the work is very interesting.

On the one hand the main pillar on which the work is held is the collection of images of archaeological remains, sculptures, monuments, mosaics, paintings, etc. provided by Raffaele D'Amato, on which history itself written that visually takes for a better understanding.

And secondly the inclusion of graphics and colour plates hands a magnificent illustrator as Graham Sumner.

This explosive mix makes the book a useful source of documentation for different audiences.

A magnificent and beautifully illustrated piece of work.

Read the full Spanish review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

This is a well researched, generously illustrated, academic work that is written in a clear, easy-to-read, descriptive manner. It is packed with information and detail that is logically and clearly presented, with frequent referencing and cross-referencing. The illustrations, which comprise artist's impressions as both full colour and black and white plates plus hundreds of photos of artefacts, columns, monuments, friezes and buildings, showing both the overall view and close-ups of detail are an integral part of the book that are used in every paragraph to describe the arms and armour of the Roman soldier in the late republican and early imperial era.


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 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.

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 to illustrate every aspect of this military evolution...A treasure trove of facts and illustrations that is essential reading for any Roman military enthusiast.'

Tim Newark, Military Illustrated Magazine

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.

About Graham Sumner

Graham Sumner was born in 1958. He studied Fine Art and then illustration at the North East Wales Institute in Wrexham. Graham has written and illustrated several books on the clothing of the Roman army including the standard work on the subject Roman Military Dress, published in 2009. He is a regular contributor to Ancient Warfare and Ancient History magazines and is a member of the Early Textiles Studies Group and of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Graham lives in Flintshire, North East Wales with his partner Elaine.

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