The Army of Herod the Great

The Army of Herod the Great

Men-at-Arms 443
  • Author: Samuel Rocca
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: MAA 443
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846032066
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

Herod was Rome's most important and powerful ally at the end of the Republic. Although he has entered posterity as a ruthless ruler not only against his own family but also, according to the gospel of Matthew, as the instigator of the slaughter of the innocents. However, he was also an able administrator who developed a powerful army. At it's peak Herod's army could field approximately 40,000 men. Comprised of both Judaean and mercenary soldiers with troops from the Germanic tribes to Parthians to Romans. As a result of this varied composition it showed both strong Hellenistic influence in its armour and cavalry and Roman influence in its use of heavy infantry making it an intriguing topic for military history enthusiasts. This book will be a fascinating look at the ancient army of Herod the Great which will use the latest Israeli archaeological reports and finds, including weapons and armour fragments.

Biographical Note

Samuel Rocca was born in Italy, but now lives in Jerusalem. He served with the Israeli Defense Forces and has worked as a teacher and a curator at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. Having studied biblical and classical archaeology at undergraduate level at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he went on to complete his MA there, before researching his PhD on Herodian Judaea at Bar-Ilan University. Samuel has given papers at numerous international conventions, and written articles for several academic journals. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986, after studying under her father Richard Hook. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television and, having illustrated over 30 Osprey titles, she has established herself as one of their most popular artists. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide.


Introduction and short chronology Strength, character and functions of Herod's Judaean army, as regional power and ally of Republican
early Imperial Rome Organization & tactics: infantry and the Roman influence - cavalry and the Hellenistic influence Ethnic composition: Jewish, Parthian, Roman, Gallic, Germanic Equipment & weapons: Roman, Hellenistic and Oriental influences Command & structure: senior commanders - royal guard - cavalry, including Parthians - Iturean archers - Judaean heavy infantry Campaigns: conquest of Judaea - siege of Jerusalem - First Nabatean War - to Arabia with Aelius Gallus - Second Nabatean War

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