- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Oxbow Books; Auflage: 2 Rev ed (20. Februar 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1842171593
- ISBN-13: 978-1842171592
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,1 x 1,9 x 23,5 cm
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Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, second edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Februar 2005
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This was a 'must read' from the moment it was published... the 2006 second edition was even better. -- Kate Gilliver * Ancient Warfare Magazine *
Rome's rise to empire is often said to have owed much to the efficiency and military skill of her armies and their technological superiority over barbarian enemies. But just how 'advanced' was Roman military equipment? What were its origins and how did it evolve? The authors of this book have gathered a wealth of evidence from all over the Roman Empire - excavated examples as well as pictorial and documentary sources - to present a picture of what range of equipment would be available at any given time, what it would look like and how it would function. They examine how certain pieces were adopted from Rome's enemies and adapted to particular conditions of warfare prevailing in different parts of the Empire. They also investigate in detail the technology of military equipment and the means by which it was produced, and discuss wider questions such as the status of the soldier in Roman society. Both the specially prepared illustrations and the text have been completely revised for the second edition of this detailed and authoritative handbook, bringing it up to date with the very latest research.It illustrates each element in the equipment of the Roman soldier, from his helmet to his boots, his insignia, his tools and his weapons. This book will appeal to archaeologists, ancient and military historians as well as the generally informed and inquisitive reader. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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If you're a historian buff, school student, reenactor, or just out to learn more about the Roman's armor, weapons, shields, etc... this is THE book for you.
The layout starts by discussing the different evidence found and then jumps into the various periods of the Roman civilization. You get to see the advancement of the weapons, armor, structure as it morphed over centuries. Each point added is backed up by actual evidence found in digs throughout Europe and the Middle East. You get to see the items as they were when they were taken out of the ground in all their glory and learn all the necessary characteristics about them.
I can't begin to explain how great of a reference this is. I had never read the original printing (my copy is the re-print) but it came highly recommended to me as I want to get into Roman reenacting. If asked by anyone else, this would be the book that should be at the top of anyones list.
While I think each individual section could have been longer with more examples... I still think it's one of the best out there. Don't let the pricetag push you away from purchasing it. It should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Roman civilization.
It really has a vast and great amount of pieces of equipment, all archaeological finds well represented here, they are the main source material for these studies. Almost none illustrations of soldiers, but there are other books to cover that area. This is an excellent reference book for smiths and serious re-enactors who really want their every single piece of equipment to be as accurate as possible. There is none better book for that around. Or maybe H. Russell Robinsons The Armour of Imperial Rome, fro year 1975, out of print, no reprints ever and costs about 300 if you even can find it anywhere. That is quite old and many new things have been found after it, but there is none books which would have better selection of helmets ad helmet parts (particularly cheek-pieces) that Robinsons's book, but this Roman Military Equipment comes really close. Recommendable for every keen enthusiast, certainly not for beginners!