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By the Emperor's Hand (ePub)

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

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By Timothy Dawson, Graham Sumner
Frontline Books
File Size: 72.7 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781848324633
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.

If you have an interest in the Byzantine Empire, this book is a must... Even If you have no interest in the Byzantines, with this book you can fall in love with a culture and a world that has often been misunderstood, maligned or simply neglected.

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Andrea Di Bernardo, Blogger

If you have an interest in the Byzantine empire, this book is a must... Even if you do not have an interest in the Byzantines, with this book you can fall in love with a culture and a world that is often misunderstood, vilified or simply overlooked.

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Medieval Warfare

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

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

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 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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