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Roman Military Equipment: From the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome Hardcover – September, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0713466379 ISBN-10: 0713466375 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd; First Edition edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713466375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713466379
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there is a better book out there on Roman army equipment, I haven't found it yet.' (Tactical Knives 2007-07-00)

Without such a study, discussing equipment in a regional fashion woul dbe far more difficult, and Roman Military Equipment should provide a useful impetus for other researchers. This will be a popular book... (Journal of Roman Archaeology Journal of Roman Archaeology)

...encyclopaedic in its coverage and impressive in the depth of its learning, an indispensible refernce for all students of the Roman army. (Britannia Britannia) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Roman civilization.
T. J. Young
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.
Sire Sasa
I have both the first and the current editions of this utterly invaluable book.
H. Fuller

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Young on May 23, 2009
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I've purchased a dozen military novels and resource manuals on both the ancient Roman and Greek militaries and I have to say that this book has been the best one in my library.

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.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By H. Fuller on September 7, 2006
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I have both the first and the current editions of this utterly invaluable book. It is undoubtedly the best and most detailed discussion of Roman military equipment available and it is a "must read" for anyone interested in the subject, be he or she an historian, re-enactor, artist or whatever. I would give this book six stars, but there are only five available.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank 7SFG on February 19, 2010
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This is a very thorough, if somewhat technical account, of Roman military weapons and equipment. The illustrations are clear and detailed. The research it took to produce the information contained in the book must have been exhaustive. I am an amateur and a novice on the subject of Roman martial equipment, but by comparison with the other books I have read on the subject, ROMAN MILITARY EQUIPMENT is the most comprehensive. My only criticism is that I wish the book was a little more user friendly. It is not by any means inaccessible to the layman, however, and any student or enthusiast of Ancient Rome and its military might will find a wealth of useful information here about the equipment used by the legionnaires from the time of the Punic Wars (264 to 146 BC) to the fall of Rome. I recommend ROMAN MILITARY EQUIPMENT to all modern day legionnaires and miles gloriosus wannabes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alvaro Candanedo on April 29, 2013
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A very scholarly book, very well researched. The only criticism would be about the illustrations. I'd suggest, for future editions, to accompany the drawings with the actual photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2010
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Excellent book for anyone wanting to look at Roman military equipment in real detail, nicely illustrated and well-written. Highly recommended.
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