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Roman Legionary AD 284-337: The age of Diocletian and Constantine the Great

Ross Cowan Sean O'Brogain



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15 April 2015
History; Classical history & classical civilisation; Military history; Land forces & warfare
Diocletian and Constantine were the greatest of the Late Roman emperors, and their era marks the climax of the legionary system. Under Constantine's successors the legions were reduced in size and increasingly sidelined in favour of new units of elite auxilia, but between AD 284 and 337 the legions reigned supreme. The legionaries defeated all-comers and spearheaded a stunning Roman revival that humbled the Persian Empire and reduced the mighty Goths and Sarmatians to the status of vassals. This title details the equipment, background, training and combat experience of the men from all parts of the empire who made up the backbone of Rome's legions in this pivotal period.
By:   Ross Cowan
Illustrated by:   Sean O'Brogain
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   175
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 7mm
Weight:   215g
ISBN:   9781472806666
ISBN 10:   1472806662
Series:   Warrior
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   15 April 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ross Cowan went to the University of Glasgow with the intention of studying Medieval history but was waylaid by Classics, and eventually emerged with a Ph.D. for research on the Praetorian Guard and Second Parthian Legion. Now a freelance writer and historian, Dr Cowan has published five books and numerous articles on all aspects of warfare in the Roman World. Sean O'Brogain lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. He has a BA (Hons) in scientific and natural history illustration from Blackpool and Fylde College (Lancaster University).

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