Early Roman Armies Paperback
by Nick Sekunda
Illustrated by Richard Hook
Part of the Men-at-Arms series
The early Romans were only one of a number of peoples that inhabited Iron Age central Italy.
From the 8th to the 3rd century BC, the Romans undertook territorial expansion, and conflict with neighbouring tribes and cultures resulted in open war, most notably with the Samnites.
Alliances were created, too, but the rise of Rome was unstoppable.
This title covers the equipment, weaponry and dress of the early Romans, from the traditional foundation in 753 BC to the third century BC, where the dominance of Rome was beyond challenge.
It also deals with developments in warfare, covering the early cavalry, the pre-Hoplite Army, the Hoplite Army and the Manipular Army.
Etruscan, Latin, and Samnite warfare is also discussed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 17/07/1995
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781855325135
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Review by ksmyth
This Osprey covers the early Roman hoplites, the army of the Vedic system through the adoption of the manipular system. The text provides background on the evolution of the early Roman military system, as well as some information on the Roman enemies of this period--Etruscans, Samnites, and Gallic. The plates are nice, though my suspicion is that they are highly speculative. Even so, it gives the poor slob wargamer trying to find some usable shield patterns something to work with. A worthwhile addition to your Osprey library.