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  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 479)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849087954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849087957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...written by an authority on the era and offers a range of new approaches to the appearance and role of the early  centurions. Any early military history collection needs this."
-- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (August 2012)

About the Author

DR RAFFAELE D’AMATO is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works as vicehead of the Laboratory of the Danubian Provinces at the University of Ferrara, under Professor Livio Zerbini. This is his sixth book for Osprey.

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Writing is concise so a good quick reference.
JoshYoung
The art from Giuseppe Rava details with unparalleled detail the equipment, creating magnificent aids to better visualize the explanations of Prof.
Anibal Madeira
This book is a great addition to one's library on Roman history.
Aristotle S Spencer

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Madeira on June 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this book we leave behind the Republic. The centurions of the classical and late empire, although sharing many military roles with Republican centurions, developed into something more: A possibility of social ascension, a cadre of tough and obedient public administrators, political police officers and even enforcers for Emperors and senior politicians.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aristotle S Spencer on February 20, 2012
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This book is a great addition to one's library on Roman history. The author's main intention is to use primary sources, Roman writers and archaeological finds, to outline the centurion's career path and also explain his role in Roman military and civil society. He also devotes a considerable amount of space in describing and illustrating extremely well their equipment.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. McIntosh on September 17, 2012
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A small but wonderful book on the 1st Century Roman Centurion, with excellent details and graphics about the backbone of the Roman Army. Powerful men who trained the Roman soldiers and Interacted with the local population. I'm studing the Centurions in the New Testament and how the occupying power in Israel delt with the political and religious in the first century. A very helpful addition to my library.
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By Peter D. Wev on July 13, 2014
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Very good for research
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By Stanford Bernheim on June 5, 2014
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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.
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Overall another great addition to the Osprey men-at-arms series, although an overview still well worth the money with a concise narrative and excellent Illustrations. Recommended
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By Butch clopton on January 8, 2014
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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.
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