By Raffaele D'Amato
Although frequently portrayed generically in media, a long time of analysis have published a staggeringly different diversity of apparatus and uniforms utilized by the Roman military, tracing how those replaced via time and the way neighborhood deployment brought on extra version. This new identify finds the variety in gear and garments within the Western Provinces around the Roman military, from legions to neighborhood scouts.
Packed with full-color, especially commissioned illustrations and data gleaned from the most recent archaeological unearths, it is a exact and knowledgeable research of the Roman military and the apparatus and garments with which its troops have been equipped.
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Despite damage to the stele it is clear that he wears a muscle cuirass over a subarmalis fitted with pteryges at shoulders and waist. Fastened at his right shoulder, with the usual circular type of fibula, is the paludamentum campaign cloak of senior officers, extending down to the calf and usually of red colour. We have chosen to show Exomnius armed with a short Greek-style sword, the so-called parazonium, reserved for emperors, 45 25/02/2016 15:37 generals, officers and guardsmen, and worn on the left side by means of a baldric.
4: Auxiliary cavalryman; Arlon, Belgica, AD 161–180 The relief from Arlon (see title page of this book) clearly shows the shoulder-guards of the laminated iron lorica segmentata – traditionally associated by scholars with legionaries or praetorians – being worn by cavalrymen over mail or perhaps leather armour. It is becoming ever clearer that this mass-produced, economic and effective defence was also issued to some auxiliary units. We should bear in mind that the ringmail which scholars have traditionally ascribed to the auxilia took much more time to manufacture, and would have been significantly costly.
Fine examples of dolabrae pickaxes come from the same locality; this military-issue tool was used to dig trenches, fell trees and work timber, but also as a weapon. Military daggers in their scabbards decorated with brass and enamel; late 1st century BC/ early 1st century AD, from Siscia (modern Sisak), Pannonia. (Zagreb Archaeological Museum; photo courtesy Dr Ivan RadmanLivaja) PANNONIA & ILLYRICUM Six almost complete early Imperial pila, with pyramidal heads, have been recovered near Sisak, and date from the Augustan conquest of Pannonia.