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By the Emperor's Hand (Hardback)

Military Dress and Court Regalia in the Later Romano-Byzantine Empire

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By Timothy Dawson, Graham Sumner
Frontline Books
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9781848325890
Published: 26th October 2015

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By the sixth century of the common era the Roman Empire already had many hundreds of years of accumulated ceremonial embedded in its government, and practical science embodied in its army.

The transition from Republic to Imperium and the more hierarchical structure that entailed, and the absorption of Christianity into state processes, had pushed the development of court ceremonial apace, and particularly driven its embodiment and display in ever more opulent regalia. The regalia embraced not only garments of distinctive form and decoration, but also both dress and non-dress accessories. It was crucial in displaying rank and function on an everyday basis, yet was also varied considerably for special occasions. Military dress largely reflected forms current amongst ordinary men, but with an emphasis on functionality, eschewing the excesses of fashion.

Detailed literary and artistic sources, archaeology and insights derived from reconstruction and practical experience has gone into creating an incredibly lavish picture of the clothing of the longest-enduring political entity in history.

A very interesting subject that covers an existing vacuum on the clothing of this time and a first visual documentation.

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About Timothy Dawson

TIMOTHY DAWSON has published widely on aspects of material culture and social history, particularly clothing and military matters. He has a BA(Hons) in Classical Studies, and a doctorate at the University of New England via a dissertation on court dress and regalia in Constantinople.


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.

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