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Weapons, Warriors and Battles of Ancient Iberia (Hardback)

Ancient History

By Fernando Quesada Sanz
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781781592755
Published: 31st October 2017

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In ancient times, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) was home to warriors of great renown. Spanish and Celtiberian warriors, both infantry and cavalry, provided the backbone of the Carthaginian armies that terrorized Italy under Hannibal and proved even more ferocious in defence of their homeland against later Roman occupation. The Lusitanian resistance under Viriathus was among the toughest the Romans encountered anywhere.
Professor Quesada Sanz details the arms, armour and equipment of the various warriors of the region in fantastic detail, drawing on his intimate knowledge of the latest archaeological and historical research. His clear and informative text is supported throughout by a wealth of photographs, diagrams and exquisite colour artwork by Carlos Fernandez del Castillo. This beautiful book is a rare combination of detailed, comprehensive information and sumptuous visual appeal that will be cherished by anyone with an interest in the warriors and weapons of the ancient world. The Spanish edition won the Hislibris Award for the 'Best Historical Book' for 2010 and is here faithfully translated into English.

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About Fernando Quesada Sanz

Fernando Quesada Sanz is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Madrid and respected worldwide for his expertise on the evidence for warfare in ancient Iberia. He is the author of many learned books and articles including Arms of the Greeks and Romans (2008), which is also to be translated soon into English for Pen & Sword.

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