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

Author: M. C. Bishop,J. C. Coulston

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1785703951

Category: History

Page: 224

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Rome's rise to empire is often said to have owed much to the efficiency and military skill of her armies and their technological superiority over barbarian enemies. But just how 'advanced' was Roman military equipment? What were its origins and how did it evolve? The authors of this book have gathered a wealth of evidence from all over the Roman Empire's excavated examples as well as pictorial and documentary sources to present a picture of what range of equipment would be available at any given time, what it would look like and how it would function. They examine how certain pieces were adopted from Rome's enemies and adapted to particular conditions of warfare prevailing in different parts of the Empire. They also investigate in detail the technology of military equipment and the means by which it was produced, and discuss wider questions such as the status of the soldier in Roman society. Both the specially prepared illustrations and the text have been completely revised for the second edition of this detailed and authoritative handbook, bringing it up to date with the very latest research. It illustrates each element in the equipment of the Roman soldier, from his helmet to his boots, his insignia, his tools and his weapons. This book will appeal to archaeologists, ancient and military historians as well as the generally informed and inquisitive reader.

Swords and Cinema

Hollywood Vs the reality of ancient warfare

Author: Jeremaih McCall

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 184884476X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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The battles and sieges of the Classical world have been a rich source of inspiration to film makers since the beginning of cinema and the 60s and 70s saw the golden age of the 'swords and sandals' epic, with films such as Spartacus. Ridley Scott's Gladiator led a modern revival that has continued with the release of films like 300, The Eagle and Centurion and HBO's mini-series Rome. While Hollywood interpetations of Classical battle continue to spark interest in ancient warfare, to casual viewers and serious enthusiasts alike they also spark a host of questions about authenticity. What does Hollywood get right and wrong about weapons, organization, tactics and the experience of combat? Did the Spartans really fight clad only in their underpants and did the Persians have mysterious, silver-masked assassins in their armies? This original book discusses the merits of battle scenes in selected movies and along the way gives the reader an interesting overview of ancient battle. It should appeal to the serious student of ancient warfare, movie buffs and everyone in between.

War on Land

Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615307524

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

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Long before they took to the sea and air, warring factions engaged in land-based conflicts that involved close-range combat with rudimentary defenses and weapons. As civilizations have advanced, so too have their military strategies, tactics, and weaponry. Eventually this led to the development of sophisticated land fortifications, arms, artillery, and missile systems in use today by ground troops. This insightful volume examines the evolution of warfare on land around the world, as well as the impact of new technologies on the nature of war.

Pagans and Christians

From Antiquity to the Middle Ages : Papers in Honour of Martin Henig, Presented on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday

Author: Lauren Adams Gilmour

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 390

View: 9237

37 essays on the christianisation of the Roman world and Christian culture up to the later Middle Ages. As might be expected there is a particular emphasis on Roman Britain and on Christian art.


Essays on Roman Archaeology in Honour of Sheppard Frere on the Occasion of His Ninetieth Birthday

Author: Roger John Anthony Wilson

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: 9781842172483

Category: History

Page: 242

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This volume is a collection of essays to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sheppard Frere, formerly Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at the University of Oxford. Most concern the archaeology of Roman Britain, which has been at the heart of Sheppard's research interests, and to which he has made such a distinguished contribution. The book covers such varied themes as early urban defences in Britain (Roger Wilson) , the status of London (Roger Tomlin) , the employment of civilian building-gangs on Hadrian's Wall (Michael Fulford) , iron weapons from Newstead (W H Manning) , military vici in Britain (Sebastian Sommer) , the terminology and use of samian cups (Geoffrey Dannell) , the text of a travel diary about the Antonine Wall in 1697 (Lawrence Keppie) , attitudes towards conserving Hadrian's Wall for posterity (Christopher Young) , and red-slip pottery from the Egyptian fort of Nag el-Hagar (Michael Mackensen) . The book is completed by a new Bibliography of Sheppard Frere's publications (compiled by Roger Goodburn and Sally Stow).


The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General

Author: Lindsay Powell

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473826926

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 3967

“The story of a Roman Emperor that might have been” (Fighting Times). Germanicus was regarded by many Romans as a hero in the mold of Alexander the Great. His untimely death, in suspicious circumstances, ended the possibility of a return to a more open republic. This, the first modern biography of Germanicus, is in parts a growing-up story, a history of war, a tale of political intrigue, and a murder mystery. In this highly readable, fast paced account, historical detective Lindsay Powell details Germanicus’s campaigns and battles in Illyricum and Germania; tracks him on his epic tour of the Eastern Mediterranean to Armenia and down the Nile; evaluates the possible causes of his death; and reports on the cruel fate his wife, Agrippina, and their children suffered at the hands of Praetorian Guard commander, and Tiberius’s infamous deputy, Aelius Sejanus.

TRAC 2009

Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference which Took Place at the University of Michigan 3-5 April 2009 [and] the University of Southampton 17-18 April 2009

Author: Alison Moore,Emily Harris,Geoff Taylor

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 148

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This volume was derived from the nineteenth annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, which took place at the University of Michigan (3-5 April 2009) and the University of Southampton (17-18 April 2009).

Looking for Mithra in Malta

Author: Claudia Sagona

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: 9789042921603

Category: History

Page: 121

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Many aspects of the mystery cult of Mithra remain enigmatic. It was a belief system that touched the hearts and minds of all manner of people, rich and poor, in the early centuries AD. Secretive, private and exclusive enclaves of believers infiltrated numerous regions of the Roman Empire, assembling in caves and cellars, where strange, sometimes terrifying, initiation rites were carried out. Never before has the evidence for the mysteries of Mithra been traced to the Maltese archipelago. This group of islands in the central Mediterranean fell under Roman domination, but their somewhat isolated location may have appealed to followers of Mithra. Cult artefacts and possible places of Mithraic worship in the islands have been presented here fore the first time.

TRAC 2008

Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference which Took Place at The University of Amsterdam, 4-6 March 2008

Author: Mark Driessen,Joep Hendriks,Stijn Heeren

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: 9781842173510

Category: History

Page: 202

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Many papers were given during the annual conference, covering the breadth and length of the Roman world. This volume contains a selection of the papers from all of the sessions.

TRAC ...

Proceedings of the ... Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

Author: Corisande Fenwick,Meredith Wiggins,Dave Wythe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781842173220

Category: History

Page: 162

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A selection of papers from the seventeenth Theoretical Roman Archaeology conference 2007, held at University College London. Sessions included Developing Identity in Roman Studies?; The archaeology of ethnic conflict: Race, equality and power in the Roman world; Roman Archaeologies in Context; The Archaeological Potential of Londinium and Experiencing the Sacred.

TRAC 2005

Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference which Took Place at the University of Birmingham, 31st March-3rd April 2005

Author: Ben Croxford

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited


Category: History

Page: 137

View: 6339

TRAC 2005 was held at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, under the auspices of The Roman Society. Of the twenty-three papers delivered here, this volume presents eight, plus three special contributions. These three papers were commissioned to mark the fifteenth year of TRAC with the intention that they should take stock of TRAC to date and look to where it may go in the future. A very clear message is conveyed: that TRAC must continue to evolve and that a continued existence in its current form, though possible, will ultimately fail to realise further success. In seeking to engage with new ideas and theories, the endeavour symbolised by the first conference, to bring theory from the margins of Roman archaeology, continues today.

Daily Life in Roman Britain

Author: Lindsay Allason-Jones

Publisher: Greenwood World Pub


Category: History

Page: 168

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An introduction to the daily life of the population living in Britain from the end of the Iron Age to the end of the Roman occupation of the country, based on archaeological evidence and supported by contemporary literature and inscriptions.

Carnuntum Jahrbuch

Author: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Publisher: N.A


Category: Excavations (Archaeology)

Page: N.A

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