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By the Emperor’s Hand: Military Dress and Court Regalia in the Later Romano-Byzantine Empire Hardcover – January 20, 2016
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About the Author
TIMOTHY DAWSON has published widely on aspects of material culture and social history, particularly clothing and military matters. He has a BA(Hons) in Classical Studies, and a doctorate at the University of New England via a dissertation on court dress and regalia in Constantinople. GRAHAM SUMNER is the author and illustrator of numerous books on the Roman army, including Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier (Frontline).
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One of the best aspects of this book is that it takes all the advanced terminology regarding Roman clothing and breaks it down, so a less-knowledgable reader can discern what the author is referring to when the author assemble a panoply of dress for a particular court official or military rank. In many cases, it almost serves as a guide to reconstructing medieval Roman dress for reenactment purposes. However, this book is very much a scholarly work analyzing and presenting new information and theories on medieval Roman dress, its influences, and how it influenced European and Arabic/Turkish dress. It also clearly shows the Romans maintained their own distinct "Romanness" through their dress and military equipment right up to the end of their empire.
As an amateur scholar of Late Antique Roman and Hunnic history, I gladly recommend this book.