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Roman Centurions 753-31 BC: The Kingdom and the Age of Consuls (Men-at-Arms #470)

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A perennially popular topic the ancient world continues to yield incredibly rich archaeological finds. Based on years of detailed research, Dr Raffaele D'Amato now presents a new history on the dress and equipment of Roman Centurions from the Roman kingdom to the height of the Republic. In addition, thanks to his detailed research amongst Roman gravestones, the book also i ...more
ebook, 48 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Osprey Publishing
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I bought this hoping for some good illustrations to help my 3rd graders visualize the armor and weapons of the early ancient Romans. There are 8 pages of full-color illustrations in the middle which show soldiers in the various types of armor fighting. Other than that, the rest of the book is tiny photographs of statues or other carvings showing the styles of armor or weapons.

For some reason I had in mind that this was a children's book, so I was surprised at the difficulty of the text. Dry and
Five stars for trying to put about 700 years of Centurion history onto paper.
More than five stars for the magnificent illustrations by Giuseppe Rava (5 marvelous scenes and 3 pages with cut-outs)
So, why four stars? You can't squeeze 700 years of centurion history into 40 something pages, no matter how hard you try.
This book is a terrific introduction which leaves you hungry for more - more history and more of Giuseppe Rava's terrific artwork.
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