Drawing upon the latest archaeological research this is an in-depth study of the Roman army units based in the Eastern provinces during the first two centuries of the Empire. It will be ideal for anyone interested in ancient warfare, in particular modelers, re-enactors and wargamers.
Between the reigns of Augustus and Septimius Severus, the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire frequently saw brutal fighting, most notably during the conquest of Dacia by Trajan, the suppression of the Great Revolt in Judea and intermittent clashes with Rome's great rival Parthia. In these wars, Roman soldiers had to fight in a range of different climates and terrains, from the deserts of the Middle East to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean.
Using full-colour artwork, this book examines the variation of equipment and uniforms both between different military units, and in armies stationed in different regions of the Empire. Using evidence drawn from recent archaeological finds, it paints a vivid portrait of Roman army units in the Eastern provinces in the first two centuries of the Imperial period.
Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works in Istanbul at the Fatih University as visiting Professor for the TUBITAK (Turkish Government Research Institution) on a project linked to the arms and armour of Rome and Byzantium.
Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he works and lives with his wife. After studying at the Fine Arts Academy he worked in several areas of graphics and design before deciding to devote himself to illustration. He has long been interested in military history and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey, specializing in African subjects.
Introduction - chronology /The Eastern frontiers - distribution of the Roman Army in the Eastern provinces /Legiones - Auxilia - Numeri & Cunei - Vexillationes & Cohortes Equitatae /Arms & Equipment: Dacia - Moesia Superior - Moesia Inferior - Macedonia - Epirus & Achaia - Thracia - Creta & Cyrenaica - Bythinia & Pontus - Asia - Galatia - Lycia & Pamphilia - Cilicia - Cappadocia - Syria - Cyprus - Judaea - Arabia - Egypt - Mesopotamia /Plate Commentaries /Select Bibliography
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