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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
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. The plates include Centurions from the following periods:

- Augustan-Tiberian Period (1st Cent BC - 1st Cent AD)
- The Julio-Claudian dynasty
- The investiture of a centurion in the Flavian dynasty
- A head presentation to Emperor Trajan during the first Dacian Campaign
- Centurions from the Antonine and Severan periods
- The anarchy of the 3rd Century AD
- Parley during the battle for Italy, early 4th Century AD
- Officers from Western and Eastern Rome during the 4th and 5th Centuries AD

This is a must buy for anyone interested in Roman warfare. If you havent bought the first part of this study, the title is "Roman Centurions 753 - 31 BC, The Kingdom and the age of Consuls". Buy it, you won't regret it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
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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on March 1, 2015
Ancient Rome is a fascinating subject, especially when one considers that they were once masters of the known world for a long period of time. Of course one of the primary reasons for this was the well armed and organized military of Rome. Along with the exquisite illustrations, the information provided in the book is surprisingly detailed considering how slim the volume is. Being an amateur hobby historian, it was good to read the relevant information without being bogged down. This book was good also based on the fact that it covered the time period most people associate with ancient Roman history, so it was informative to learn the facts compared to the fiction Hollywood sometimes gives us regarding that time period.
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on August 31, 2013
Great information on the professional company- and lower field-grade Roman officer equivalents in the Classical and Late Empire. This volume contains numerous illustrations and handsome colored plates showing the various uniforms worn over the centuries; it also discusses the recruitment, missions and social relations of the centurions. Just be sure to get the paperback version; the colored plates are hard to read and cross-reference with the notes on Kindle.
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on April 8, 2013
This book is very specific as to its subject matter. It encompasses a glad group of individuals necessary to the success of the Roman army. I thought it was well written and illustrated. See for your self.
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on August 12, 2014
Beautifully illustrated book after a long scientific research on the armament, service and life of Roman centurion from the beginning to the end of the imperial age (1 - 5 century AD)
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on July 17, 2013
Great reference source to add to my library. I like to have a visible reference when reading about a particular passage of Roman military history. This book gives it to me.
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on October 3, 2013
The Centurions, the backbone and hard core of the professional Roman formidable
army and invincible war machine - architects, engineers and builders.
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on July 14, 2015
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.
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