Roman Military Clothing (1)

Roman Military Clothing (1)

100 BC–AD 200

Men-at-Arms 374
  • Author: Graham Sumner
  • Illustrator: Graham Sumner
  • Short code: MAA 374
  • Publication Date: 19 Aug 2002
  • ISBN: 9781841764870
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

The armour and weapons of Rome's legionaries and auxiliaries have been the subject of intense research and speculation, and much has been published - but almost nothing on the actual clothing of Imperial soldiers. In this first part of a rigorous study of the literary, sculptural, pictorial and archaeological evidence, a specialist author/artist examines the clues which enable us to attempt reconstructions of tunics, cloaks, footwear and other items worn by officers and men all over the empire, from the late Republic to c.200 AD. His text is illustrated with meticulous drawings of surviving relief sculptures - particularly soldiers' gravestones - and eight striking colour plates.

Biographical Note

GRAHAM SUMNER, who both wrote and illustrated this book, was born in 1958 and studied illustration at Wrexham Art School. He has specialised in archaeological reconstruction drawings; and has been involved with the Ermine Street Guard - the Roman experimental history group - for nearly 20 years. He has published a number of articles on the Roman army, and was the author of the popular Roman Army: Wars of the Empire (Brasseys). This is his first book for Osprey.


Tunic designs Military cloak designs Dyes and dyeing Catalogue of evidence for colours of tunics and cloaks, AD 1 - 200 (25 items of literary, sculptural, fresco, encaustic, mosaic, papyrus and surviving textile evidence discussed) The scarf Trousers (bracae), legwear, leg-bindings, socks, waistband Military boots Miscellaneous items

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