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Roman Centurions 31 BC-AD 500


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Introduction /Organization: centurions under the early Principate, in the army of the Julio-Claudian Caesars – the Flavian and Trajanic army – in the Marcomannic Wars – the 2nd and 3rd centuries – the period of military anarchy – the 4th century – the Eastern and Western Empires /Weapons, armour and clothing: offensive weapons, helmets, shields, body armour, rank symbols and insignia, and clothing /Service and discipline /Social status /Bibliography

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Lavishly illustrated and drawing upon the latest archaeological findings, this book offers a complete re-evaluation of the appearance, role, and influence of the centurions – Rome's most famous soldiers – during the five centuries that saw the Roman Empire achieve its greatest extent and influence.

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Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient world. He is an external professor to the Athens University School of Philosophy and Material Culture. This is his second book for Osprey.


"...written by an authority on the era and offers a range of new approaches to the appearance and role of the early centurions. Any early military history collection needs this." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (August 2012)

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