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The Numidians 300 BC-AD 300

William Horsted Adam Hook (Illustrator)

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Osprey
16 February 2021
Series: Men-at-Arms
The Numidian light cavalry were among the best-known horsemen in the ancient world: riding without saddles or bridle, carrying only hide shields for defense and clutching a handful of light javelins, they were renowned for their darting attacks, swift retreats, and skirmishing prowess. Yet, as much as they were respected by their allies and enemies, they were unfairly derided for their indiscipline, their perceived lack of culture, and their fecklessness, and dismissed as uncivilized, nomadic barbarians from beyond the fringes of the cultured, settled Mediterranean world. The famous portrayal of Numidian horsemen on Trajan's Column, of barefoot riders in simple tunics, astride tiny ponies, reinforces this view, and is the image that is almost universally reproduced.

Recent scholarship, however, has shown that there is far more evidence for the armour and equipment of the Numidians than hitherto assumed. The carved stone shields and cuirasses that punctuate the decorative friezes of the stone 'altars' at Kbor Klib and Chimtou in North Africa are confident representations of Numidian panoplies, not captured Carthaginian armour as has previously been argued. In this book, this research is presented alongside a close examination of various ancient texts which reveals that the Numidians also fielded infantry, slingers, archers, and even war elephants in conflicts across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Greece, northern Italy, and Thrace. All of these troops are brought to life in original colour artwork, complemented by chapters on their weapons and equipment, history, tactics, and organization.
By:   William Horsted
Illustrated by:   Adam Hook (Illustrator)
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm, 
Weight:   172g
ISBN:   9781472842190
ISBN 10:   1472842197
Series:   Men-at-Arms
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   16 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William Horsted studied Ancient History at the University of Bristol. After a year studying agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College, he returned to Bristol to undertake postgraduate research into the adoption of Christianity in rural areas of Late Roman North Africa. As well as ancient Mediterranean warfare, his research interests include the agriculture and ecology of the same period. This is his first book. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

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