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Weapons of the Romans

Weapons of the Romans
Autor: Michel Feugere
Data publikacji: 2002-08-00
ISBN: 9780752425061
Wydawca: HISTORY PRESS
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 288
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Opis produktu:

The weaponry of the Romans was both instrument and reflection of the phenomenal success of the army and state as a whole. Changes in form and usage indicate not only technological advances, but the huge number and variety of enemies and fighting techniques encountered; a Roman victory would see the parallel absorption of a people into the Empire, and their weapons into army use. Continually adapting to the military context of the time and place, the enemy faced and the people vanquished, weapons therefore represent a central from of evidence, reflecting changes not only in combat styles but in sophistications of production techniques, artistic tastes, and the image Rome wished to project to both its enemies and its own subjects. Drawing on literary, representational and archaeological sources ranging from Trojan's column to the graffiti on sling shots found scattered at battle sites, this work brings together all current information on the origin and evolutions of all the weapons of the legions, auxiliaries, and cavalry, from the start of the Republic until the decline of the empire. Comprehensively illustrated, it examines systematically the development of each piece of equipment (from war machines to arrowheads), charting initial appearance, adaptations, use and the reasons for eventual abandonment.

 

'Weapons of the Romans' began life as a French title, being first published in Paris in 1993 - and comes across well in its English translation. What it does particularly well is fit examples of weapon types (mainly discovered through archaeological investigation) into a coherent framework. There are many examples of pieces - with a strong emphasis on French, German and other European objects as well as reference to some well known English material. There are also copious black and white pictures, being essentially photos, tables and archaeological illustrations, to help tell the story. These are generally very well chosen, and in some instances help cut down on the lengthy word descriptions which might well otherwise be required.

Though a few of the introductory sections are so brief as to be not very useful the body of the work is a mine of information, not readily avaliable in other forms - and in some instances not in English. A book particularly recommended to students of the Roman army; archaeologists; museum curators, and indeed to anyone who would like to be taken to a somewhat greater depth than usual in this subject area.



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