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Rome's Enemies (1): Germanics and Dacians (Men at Arms Series, 129) Paperback – November 25, 1982

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Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

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An unrivalled source of information on the uniforms, insignia and appearance of the world's fighting men of past and present. The Men-At-Arms titles cover subjects as diverse as the Imperial Roman army, the Napoleonic wars and German airborne troops in a popular 48-page format including some 40 photographs and diagrams, and eight full-colour plates.
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Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 129)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 25, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850454735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850454734
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a junior History buff, I looked into this book, interested in learning a little more about the traditional enemies (and allies) of Rome. This book wasn't too awfully dissapointing, but it wasn't all that great either, hence the 4 stars.

For one, there was a decisive lack of Dacians in this book. There was 1 Illustation for the Dacians (the cover illustration), and about a page and a half about them. Indeed, even with the Germans, there is a woefully short amount of imformation about THEM. The couple pages of historical quotes about them and their bearing in battle was interesting, but other than that, there was hardly anything of substance about these two people.

One thing though - if you are interested in Germanic and Dacians Standards, swords, axes, or shields, get this book. Half of the book, quite literally, is about the evolution of weapons and armor, their exact sizes, their shapes, etc. I did find this part helpful, since my father is in to weapons-making, especially archaic weapons. Using the diagrams in this book, we made 2 Franciscas, which came out quite nicely made.
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For the book itself, 5 stars, for this particular (PoD) printing, 2 stars. Excellent, compendious semi-scholarly coverage of an interesting topic, with great illustrations. BUT, Osprey has evidently shifted the production of all of its titles to Print on Demand, and it shows. While the printing and quality of the materials seem comparable (e.g., I cannot discern much difference in the art plates, even), whatever process they use for the bindings is NOT. I have owned a handful of older Osprey Men-at-arms books for years, and they are rock solid. I've received four Print-on-Demand Osprey books in the last week, and two of the ALREADY SHOW SIGNS OF FALLING APART. Not cool, Osprey. Selecting out PoD titles in the search criteria needs to be a priority, Amazon. Some of us can tell, and at very least you owe it to us to inform...
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This book touches on most of Rome's major barbarians, Early Germans, Suebian/Marcomannic tribes, Goths, Franks, Anglo-Saxons, and Dacians, and also provides some information on the contemporary Gauls, Sarmatians, and Huns. As a previous reviewer has noted, the Dacians, one of the most exciting peoples of Ancient Eastern Europe, only get about two pages and one plate, when they really deserve their own men-at-arms title. The plates are some of G A Embleton's better and are finely detailed. I suppose this book captures the whole point of the men-at-arms, giving a brief overview of the subject's history and appearance, and thus laying the foundation for the reader to pursue a deeper knowledge of the subject.
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This book could have benefited from illustrations by Angus McBride, who must have been working on something else when this was being done. Also, the inclusion of the Dacians with the Germans is a mystery (other than the Roman conquest of Dacia happened between wars against the Germanics), they could have gotten their own book owing to the abundance of evidence about them that we have on Trajan's column alone. The Germanics were pretty much the ones who did Rome in and were a recurring threat from 100 BC to 9 AD, afterward they were more of a constant threat from the 160s on until they were looting the Urbs of Rome proper. With so many tribes and tribal confederations of growing population and influence, the Dacians could have been omitted from this volume entirely and the remaining space devoted to more information about Germanics. Nevertheless, this was an early purchase of mine in books about the Enemies of Rome and really spurred my imagination, but not as much as Rome's Enemies 2: Gallic and British Celts
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I bought this oldie because I like the artwork featured. These are quite attractive and were among the first few attempts to illustrate the German tribes and Dacians. The author states upfront that this work was a preliminary attempt to put together all the available sources on these peoples then. In my opinion, he had succeeded then in drawing attention to this aspect of niche history.
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although this book is now offered in a thicker Osprey title called Barbarian Enemies of Rome,and includes 2 other Osprey titles as well,mainly British Celts and Iberian warriors,it would be worth it to have by itself if a person could get a good price on it.I liked the authors use of the word"Supertribe" in regard to the movements of conquest by the Germanic tribes. Really that's what governments are trying to do even today,create,"supertribes" strength in numbers. Sometimes people don't want to join the tribe for different reasons or are excluded,then they resort to the sword. The difference are settled when one side buys out the other or exterminate or assimilate the other. all this in one little wafer thin book,saves me the time from having to read the complete works of Cicero,not that it wouldn't be fun to.
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Very short, but a great book for anyone interested in ancient Germanic people. Great illustrations.
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