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Raffaele D'Amato was awarded a degree in Romano-Byzantine Law in 1993 from the University of Turin. He has collaborated with magazines and specialist publications in the fields of ancient and medieval history. He has written a number of magazine articles and published two books on the Mycenean age and Dark Age warriors. He is currently working as an external researcher at the University of Athens on several projects on the arms and armour of the eastern Roman army.

Born in 1962, Andrea Salimbeti has had a life-long interest in ancient military history, in particular the Bronze Age in Greece and the Middle East. He served as a paratrooper in the Italian Army in Beirut and attended the Space Academy and flight training in USA. He now works for the space program, and is also author of various articles on aerospace technology and flight equipment.
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Product Details

  • Series: Warrior (Book 153)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849081956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849081955
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Iggy on May 8, 2011
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The book in undoubtedly very good in terms of the illustrations and the representation of material at times so old that there s no way of saying what exactly it represents. Due to the efforts of these talented archeologists and historians we can once again glimpse at the Bronze Age warriors of Achaea, also known as the Mycenaean Civilization (we r talking somewhere around 16th B.E.)

Of course, a few centuries from the 17th to the 20th are documented well enough to have more than a glimpse, but when it is 14-16 B.E. it is very hard to follow the intricacies of progress that may ve taken place during those times, and the authors are making a good point of that.

As we look into the obscure distant past, there s very little clear. Questions like "where was Troy?", "who were the Acheans?", "did events described in the Iliad really take place?" are all valid. But it is common silliness to ascribe to the people, warriors of these far away times the look peculiar to the Classical Greek, as depicted on numerous vases, etc. - the Greeks of the Classical period were depicting themselves, just as the Star Wars' creators had their characters dressed in the bell-bottoms with the typical 70's hair dos. From this standpoint, the above book is a good effort to unveil the distant mystery. The illustrations are very good and bright, but what is really awesome is the authors' humbleness in saying "this is what we have come up with after the long research - now you give it a shot".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Miller on September 30, 2011
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Finally, a real-life description of Bronze Age Greek fighters! Messrs. D'Amato and Salimbetti have done a superb job bringing this period to life both for the beginner in the field as well as for the expert. Giuseppe Rava's artwork is among the best I have ever seen in this series and is reminiscent of the great ilustrations of Angus Mc Bride. It is absolutely essential that the subjects of these historical studies be brought to life as much as possible for the modern reader and I have long been a harsh critic of the use of Medieval/Renasissance art in illustrating books on ancient armies simply because it is cheaper than hiring qualified artists. It is ultimately the reader who is deceived by false portrayals. Kudos to the authors and the illustrator!

The authors' descriptions of Mycenean society are as accurate as it is possible to be, given the almost total lack of any useful written evidence, and they simply cannot go any deeper into the complex (as far as we know) demographic and social structure of the period. What they do show accurately is the far more colorful and even gaudy, aspect of palace life in the Bronze Age when compared to the relatively somber aspect of Archaic and Classic Greece. Some of the illustrations could have been labelled more clearly, for example in the last plate, is that Wilusan officer really a Trojan? But this is quibbling and overall this is an excellent and much needed book. I hope this team will take on other ancient armies and even re-do some of the already existant volumes in the series. The horribly illustrated volume on the Spartan Army comes to mind as does the book on Alexander's army. The texts are ok, it is the artwork which is disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPS on January 22, 2013
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This is a rather good - or even very good - Osprey title. One sign of this, for me at least, is that I finished it and wanted more. Perhaps it "could have been better", as another reviewer on the US site put it although, to be fair, it would have been difficult to achieve within only 64 pages. Yet another reviewer viewed this book as "a catalogue of weapons." This is true, but the book is also much more than that, in my view. This is largely why I liked and enjoyed this book, and this is also the point I will try to make in this review.

The scope covered in this book was particularly ambitious and goes well beyond describing the various weapons used and pieces of equipment, although there is this also, and it is rather well done and well backed up with illustrations, photos and plates.

I particularly appreciated the pieces on the so characteristic shields (tower shields, figure of eight and proto-dipylon) and the types of swords, daggers and helmets. The way the later are represented, in particular, illustrates rather well the evolutions between helmet-types. The pieces on armour and the section on chariots were also good, although given the scope chosen by the authors, I was left wanting more, in particular in the latter case (there is, however, another Osprey volume covering Bronze Age War chariots).

What the authors seem to have tried to do, and largely succeeding in doing despite the odds against them, was not only to describe the "Bronze Age Greek Warrior" between 1600 and 1100 BC but also to give a feeling of the Mycenean warrior culture. So the book is not limited to "arms and armour" and military organization, contrary to the rather limited scope that some Osprey Men-at-Arms volumes still adopt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Madeira on November 27, 2012
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D'Amato and Salimbeti are a great team, always giving excellent material for scholars and layman to delight them. When teaming with their favorite illustrator, Rava, almost nothing can go wrong. And this Bronze Age Greek warrior is no exception.

Obviously we don't know many details about Mycenaean civilization, and what was true in 1600 BC could very well be different in 1200 BC. The sources are sparse, diluted in time and apparently this would be a wasted effort. It is not. This is the best compilation of material regarding to weapons, helmets and armor that I've ever seen in one book regarding this civilization. The incredible work of the authors manages to give the reader a glimpse of the Bronze Age war material that otherwise could only be studied reading several scholarly journals.

The classification of spears, swords and daggers are very clear and with good illustrations, the types of shields are detailed and the authors comment on their (possible) construction, helmets (great work on head decorations) and armor are also detailed with some important insights (like the fact that the Dendra Panoply had larger right arm hole). You will also find details about the several types of chariot that we know for this large period.

The art of Rava is, as always, excellent and dynamic. The plates focus the following themes: Achaean cult in Knossos (15-14th cent BC), Achaean warrior and his military equipment (15th cent BC), Warriors of the Late Achaean period, Late Achaean civilization in Achaia (1100 BC), Achaean warfare in the 16th cent BC (with a charging box chariot), Naval warfare, fighting on the Lokris coast, The lion hunt (great interpretation of the famous scene from a very well known dagger) and last but not the least, Achaean expansion in Troy and Anatolia.
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