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Roman Warriors (Hardback)

The Paintings of Graham Sumner

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Colour Books Military > Greenhill Books Photographic Books

By Simon Elliott, Foreword by Adrian Goldsworthy, Illustrations by Graham Sumner
Greenhill Books
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 125 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781784387198
Published: 29th September 2022

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“This book represents the fruit of many years of study by a well respected author in the field. It is well written so as to be very readable for the non-academic whilst presenting a huge, and surely definitive, array of evidence” – Roman Army Talk on Roman Military Dress

“An excellent and informative book from a very knowledgeable author” – Amazon.co.uk on Roman Military Dress

Gathering together stunning artwork from Graham Sumner’s impressive, expansive portfolio, featuring never-before-seen illustrations from the artist and reminding us of his exceptional ability to bring Ancient Rome to life through painting, this colourful, comprehensive anthology is a must-have for any enthusiast of the period, and of military history in general.

Introduced with a foreword by best-selling historian and author Adrian Goldsworthy, Sumner’s beautiful colour reconstructions of Ancient Roman warriors over time are complemented expertly with informative, enlightening text by eminent historian and author Simon Elliott.

This combination of Sumner’s illustrations and Elliott’s writing leaves no stone unturned as they divulge information about this fascinating period of military history in mesmerising, intricate detail. Readers will swiftly become fully immersed in this ancient world, and will leave it with a wealth of knowledge about and a profound understanding of the warriors of Ancient Rome, and a great appreciation for Sumner and Elliott’s expertise in the area.

A beautifully illustrated book, containing over 130 paintings by the well-known illustrator Graham Sumner with text by the historian and author Simon Elliott across 200 pages.

Very useful for researchers and writers of the period. But also a fantastic addition to the bookshelf for the casual reader.

Tony Sullivan

"Roman Warriors: The Paintings of Graham Sumner" is a coffee-table style (11.65 x 1.14 x 9.02 inches, 3.26 pounds) volume comprised of a stunning compilation of museum quality artwork and informative commentary. Especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Roman Military History collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Roman Warriors: The Paintings of Graham Sumner" is also available in a digital book format.

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Have you ever wondered how Roman soldiers dressed over the whole period of their Empire? If so, you are in for a treat with this collection of prominent military artist Graham Sumner’s authoritative illustrations brought together in a coffee-table style book.

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About Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling archaeologist, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Kent where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He has an MA in Archaeology from UCL and an MA in War Studies from KCL. Simon is widely published with numerous works in print on various themes relating to the ancient world, with a particular focus on the Roman military, and he makes frequent appearances on TV as a Roman expert. Simon lectures widely to universities, local history societies and archaeological groups, is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. He is also a Guide Lecturer for Andante Travels and President of the Society of Ancients.



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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