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on January 28, 2017
It has been a terrible (though at times deliberate) error to assume that the late Roman army was anything like the classic Roman army. This book sets it all straight; and was indispensable for researching a HF novel I have been writing. As usual for Osprey, great illustrations and detail all within a concise book that can be read in a couple days.

Look for Usurper by David Gray Rodgers available March, 2017.
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on March 29, 2007
I have been interested in this general topic for several years, and have long tried to find a good book on the later Roman army, especially the footsoldiers. Upon the discovery of this book, I had to look no more. This book helped me get rid of some common misconceptions I held, and parts of it introduced me to concepts I had no idea of whatsoever. Using archaeology and Roman literature and artwork, the author paints a detailed picture of the late infantryman's origins, appearance, and experience, tactics, and duties in both war and peace. The soldier is also not portrayed in as negative a light as the later Imperial army usually is; even though the Romans of the 3rd-6th Centuries had fallen so far, their armies could still hold their own against their Sassanid, Germanic, and Hunnish foes. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the late Roman army.
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on March 5, 2016
I was looking for an exhaustive description of the Roman infantry at the time of the Adrianople battle and this book was simply unique.
I warmly suggest this editor series, comprehensive of photos and very useful illustrations.
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on August 6, 2004
For the novice or the expert, this book gives a nice overview of the transformation of the Roman infantryman from being the heavily-armored core unit of the Imperial Roman army, to the lightly armed auxiliary force of early Byzantine times. As always, the plates in this Osprey book are well done and every attention is paid to getting the details right. A useful list of further reading is included at the end, which is very helpful for those who wish to flesh-out the scanty but tantalizing descriptions in the text with true research material.

All in all, this is a very useful little book and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the military of late antiquity.
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