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The year of 122 was the first time a Roman Emperor had set foot in the Province of Britannia since the invasion in AD 43. No doubt he had read many reports concerning the damage caused by marauding tribesmen crossing from what is now Scotland into the Province. Hadrian, therefore, decided - in the words of his biographer - 'to build a wall to separate the Romans from the B The year of 122 was the first time a Roman Emperor had set foot in the Province of Britannia since the invasion in AD 43. No doubt he had read many reports concerning the damage caused by marauding tribesmen crossing from what is now Scotland into the Province. Hadrian, therefore, decided - in the words of his biographer - 'to build a wall to separate the Romans from the Barbarians'. This engaging work from author Michael Simkins explores in depth the organisation, equipment, weapons and armour of the Roman Army from Hadrian to Constantine, one of the most exciting periods in Roman history.


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The year of 122 was the first time a Roman Emperor had set foot in the Province of Britannia since the invasion in AD 43. No doubt he had read many reports concerning the damage caused by marauding tribesmen crossing from what is now Scotland into the Province. Hadrian, therefore, decided - in the words of his biographer - 'to build a wall to separate the Romans from the B The year of 122 was the first time a Roman Emperor had set foot in the Province of Britannia since the invasion in AD 43. No doubt he had read many reports concerning the damage caused by marauding tribesmen crossing from what is now Scotland into the Province. Hadrian, therefore, decided - in the words of his biographer - 'to build a wall to separate the Romans from the Barbarians'. This engaging work from author Michael Simkins explores in depth the organisation, equipment, weapons and armour of the Roman Army from Hadrian to Constantine, one of the most exciting periods in Roman history.

30 review for The Roman Army from Hadrian to Constantine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Compared to other books from Osprey Publishing, this one is lacking quality and focus. Very much lacking. Instead of providing an overview of the period, it wastes space discussing the Hadrian's wall, while the said wall has a separate book dedicated . The explanations of arms and armour are appreciated and useful, however there should have been much more text on the fundamental changes the Roman Army experienced during the said period - the army during the reign of Hadrian became pretty much a Compared to other books from Osprey Publishing, this one is lacking quality and focus. Very much lacking. Instead of providing an overview of the period, it wastes space discussing the Hadrian's wall, while the said wall has a separate book dedicated . The explanations of arms and armour are appreciated and useful, however there should have been much more text on the fundamental changes the Roman Army experienced during the said period - the army during the reign of Hadrian became pretty much a different thing during the reign of Constantine. Very disappointing book. P.S. Colour illustrations are, of course, of high quality as usual.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great if you want to read page after page on how Roman armor was constructed. Also, great if you really don't want to find out much about the time period the author set out to cover. It does have Osprey's usual high-quality art and photos. Otherwise, not worth a read. Great if you want to read page after page on how Roman armor was constructed. Also, great if you really don't want to find out much about the time period the author set out to cover. It does have Osprey's usual high-quality art and photos. Otherwise, not worth a read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda A.

    Well researched. I would have liked to seen more actual artifacts and fewer author reconstructions. The text, as so many are these days, was in need of a good proofreader. Otherwise it is a very good book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was only in this for the illustrations, which I'm clipping out for collage. The writing, what I read of it, left something to be desired. I was only in this for the illustrations, which I'm clipping out for collage. The writing, what I read of it, left something to be desired.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Nice little booklet covering arms and armor, but not much on life in the Roman army.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Murphy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Miroku Nemeth

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rui Valente

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    Rico

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gilbert

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Short

  14. 5 out of 5

    Larry Bell

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    Thomas Dorman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Akeel

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hale

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    Jeff

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    Jonathan Farmer

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    Eddy Pelckmans

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peat

  22. 4 out of 5

    B K Davidson

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    Bob

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    Derrick

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    M. J. Dougherty

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    Rindis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karl Hickey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Flynn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ludwig Dyck

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