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Roman Centurions 31 BC-AD 500: The Classical and Late Empire (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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The Imperial period Centurions and Centenarius (in the late empire) are now disclosed in this small but marvelous book by one of the greatest investigators specialized in ancient Rome. With academic rigor and intelligent reasoning, Prof D'Amato guides the reader through the careers, lives, equipment, clothing and social status of those officers that were the true anima of the Roman Army. As always, he "discloses" great pictures of rarely published artifacts and sculptures, like the one probably representing a centurion wearing a lorica Segmentata (MOST probably; the sword in the left hip is quite a giveaway for the period in question; also the staff in his right hand and the richly embossed attic helmet wouldn't be usual in a legionary), from the Templum Gentis Flaviae; or the leather and linen greaves (or lining of the greaves) in the Vindonissa Museum! Other artifacts are given new and logical interpretations or possibilities, like the tombstone of T. Calidius.
The art from Giuseppe Rava details with unparalleled detail the equipment, creating magnificent aids to better visualize the explanations of Prof. D'Amato.Read more ›
Dr Raffaele D'Amato writes in a way that is easy to understand and enjoy. The colour plates are brilliant (drawn by his co-author Giuseppe Rava) and they act as a major draw card when purchasing this book or others from Osprey Publishing.
This book is a sequel to his first book `Roman Centurions 753-31 BC' and both are a great reference source on Roman centurions. I have read both with great satisfaction.
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Exactly what I expected from an Osprey book. It's not big or flashy, but reasonably well supported by documentation. Also, it's art is pretty.Published 6 months ago by Nathan Balyeat
Good standard document by Men-at-Arms. Helpful although somewhat limited in scope. I liked and was able to use this booklet for my project.Published 20 months ago by Stanford Bernheim
For the price a terrible book. Wanted a book to describe what the Centurions were really like in plain English. Not user friendly. Ok if understand Italian language.Published on January 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
If you're a student of Ancient Rome and her military institutions, this book is for you. Great read and written for the non-specialist.Published on October 24, 2013 by Hacker15