Roman Legionary AD 284-337

Roman Legionary AD 284-337

The age of Diocletian and Constantine the Great

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  • Author: Ross Cowan
  • Illustrator: Seán Ó’Brógáin
  • Short code: WAR 175
  • Publication Date: 20 Apr 2015
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Diocletian and Constantine were the greatest of the Late Roman emperors, and their era marks the climax of the legionary system. Under Constantine's successors the legions were reduced in size and increasingly sidelined in favour of new units of elite auxilia, but between AD 284 and 337 the legions reigned supreme. The legionaries defeated all-comers and spearheaded a stunning Roman revival that humbled the Persian Empire and reduced the mighty Goths and Sarmatians to the status of vassals. This title details the equipment, background, training and combat experience of the men from all parts of the empire who made up the backbone of Rome's legions in this pivotal period.

Biographical Note

Ross Cowan went to the University of Glasgow with the intention of studying Medieval history but was waylaid by Classics, and eventually emerged with a Ph.D. for research on the Praetorian Guard and Second Parthian Legion. Now a freelance writer and historian, Dr Cowan has published five books and numerous articles on all aspects of warfare in the Roman World.Seán Ó'Brógáin lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. He has a BA (Hons) in scientific and natural history illustration from Blackpool and Fylde College (Lancaster University).

Contents

Introduction
Recruitment and terms of service
Training
The tactical organization of the Legion
Equipment and appearance
On campaign
Battle
After the battle
Glossary
Index

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