Sunday, February 3, 2013

Two New Books arrive!

First one is the brand new encyclopedia of "The Uniforms of the Roman World".  The book is a hands-down "best of" book for the Roman army and was just published this month.  I highly recommend it as the illustrations are top-notch and the book covers the vast time span of the Roman Empire.
The second book is from the famed author Stephen Dando-Collins, titled "Legions of Rome: The Definitive History of Every Imperial Roman Legion".  In the past, I've read several of his excellent books, like "Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable Fourteenth Legion" and "Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome", and this one does not disappoint either.  The book is mostly filled with great accounts of the key periods of the Roman Empire and the Legions, but does not contain as many illustrations as I'd hoped.  There is a gloss-colored section in the middle that has some good pictures; including the highly controversial section on Scutum shield-art broken down by each of the Legions; many disagree with this unit-by-unit approach by him, but I enjoyed it.

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