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Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, second edition 2nd Edition Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1842171592
ISBN-10: 1842171593
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If there is a better book out there on Roman army equipment, I haven't found it yet.' (Tactical Knives)

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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books; 2nd Edition edition (April 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842171593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842171592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Excellent reference for the Classical Warfare student. The illustrations are excellent for such a work. I had a copy of the original edition and use this current edition a great deal in my reproduction work.
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This book has it all, almost.
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. Almost none illustrations of soldiers, but there are other books to cover that area. This is an excellent reference book for smiths and serious re-enactors who really want their every single piece of equipment to be as accurate as possible. There is none better book for that around. Or maybe H. Russell Robinsons The Armour of Imperial Rome, fro year 1975, out of print, no reprints ever and costs about 300 if you even can find it anywhere. That is quite old and many new things have been found after it, but there is none books which would have better selection of helmets ad helmet parts (particularly cheek-pieces) that Robinsons's book, but this Roman Military Equipment comes really close. Recommendable for every keen enthusiast, certainly not for beginners!
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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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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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