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Armies of the Late Roman Empire AD 284 to 476: History, Organization and Uniforms
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Gabriele Esposito
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Armies of the Late Roman Empire AD 284 to 476: History, Organization and Uniforms

Gabriele Esposito


9781526730374

Pen and Sword


History;
Ancient history: to c 500 CE;
Military history;
Advocate - History


Hardback

208 pages

$52.99
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This guide to the Late Roman Army focusses on the dramatic and crucial period that started with the accession of Diocletian and ended with the definitive fall of the Western Roman Empire. This was a turbulent period during which the Roman state and its armed forces changed.

Gabriele Esposito challenges many stereotypes and misconceptions regarding the Late Roman Army; for example, he argues that the Roman military machine remained a reliable and efficient one until the very last decades of the Western Empire. The author describes the organization, structure, equipment, weapons, combat history and tactics of Late Roman military forces. The comitatenses (field armies), limitanei (frontier units), foederati (allied soldiers), bucellarii (mercenaries), scholae palatinae (mounted bodyguards), protectores (personal guards) and many other kinds of troops are covered.

The book is lavishly illustrated in color, including the shield devices from the Notitia Dignitatum. The origins and causes for the final military fall of the Empire are discussed in detail, as well as the influence of the ‘barbarian’ peoples on the Roman Army.

By:   Gabriele Esposito
Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 172mm, 
ISBN:   9781526730374
ISBN 10:   1526730375
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. He is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607=1713, published by Pen & Sword in 2018.

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