Roman Imperial Armour: The production of early imperial military armour [NOOK Book]

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The Roman Empire depended on the power of its armies to defend and extend the imperial borders, enabling it to dominate much of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Success was, in large part, founded on well-trained, well-disciplined soldiers who were equipped with the most advanced arms and armour available at that time. This is the story of the production of that armour. Roman Imperial Armour presents an examination of the metals the armour was made from, of how the ores containing those metals were ...

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Roman Imperial Armour: The production of early imperial military armour

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Overview

The Roman Empire depended on the power of its armies to defend and extend the imperial borders, enabling it to dominate much of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Success was, in large part, founded on well-trained, well-disciplined soldiers who were equipped with the most advanced arms and armour available at that time. This is the story of the production of that armour. Roman Imperial Armour presents an examination of the metals the armour was made from, of how the ores containing those metals were extracted from the earth and transformed into workable metal and of how that raw product was made into the armour of the Roman army. The policing and protecting of such a huge empire required a large and well-organised force and the book goes on to consider the organisation of the army, its size, composition, the logistics involved in its deployment and provisioning and the training, remuneration and benefits offered to its men at arms.

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Editorial Reviews

Minerva - Murray Eiland
[A] technical book which highlights the science behind the art of the blacksmith... [Sim and Kaminski's] focus is upon reconstructing techniques that would have been used to create armour for hundreds of thousands of infantry men under arms during the first and second centuries of the Western Empire.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842177020
  • Publisher: Oxbow
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

I started my working life as a marine engineer. Then as a designer of machines, before becoming a teacher. Finally at the ripe old age of 40 I did my Ph.D. This of course changed my life and I can say with all the ups and downs its never been dull. I enjoy lecturing; but on personal note the best part is the session at the end when people come to talk and handle the objects I use in my lecture. The informality of the occasions often is a time when new ideas are formed and new alliances started. I have had several people who I have taught forge work and metal work too and it is always a pleasure to be able to pass on the skills I have learned to others. Working as an experimental archaeologist has taken me down roads and to places I never knew existed. I have met fascinating people and become friends with many of them. I hope in this web site I can give you a glimpse into my world, I hope you enjoy what you see.
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Table of Contents

1. The evidence
2. Iron production
3. Blacksmithing techniques and production methods
4. The production of sheet metal
5. Iron and steel
6. Surface treatment of Roman armour
7. Helmets (galea or cassis)
8. Scale armour (lorica squamata
9. Ring mail (lorica hamata)
10. Segmented body armour (lorica segmentata)
11. Leg and arm armour
12. The shield and boss (umbo)
13. Conclusions
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