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Roman Soldier vs Germanic Warrior

1st Century AD (Combat)

By Lindsay Powell, Peter Dennis (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Other Information: 40 b/w; 20 col
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 May 2014
The reigns of Augustus and his successor Tiberius saw an epic struggle between the Romans and local peoples for the territory between the Rhine and Elbe rivers in what is now Germany. Following two decades of Roman occupation, Germania Magna erupted into revolt in AD 9 following the loss of the three legions commanded by Publius Quinctilius Varus to the Cheruscan nobleman Arminius and an alliance of Germanic nations in the dense forests of the Teutoburger Wald. The Romans' initial panic subsided as it became clear that Arminius and his allies could not continue the war into Germania Inferior on the western bank of the Rhine, and Imperial troops poured into the region as the Romans decided how best to resolve the situation. Featuring full-colour artwork, specially drawn maps and an array of revealing illustrations depicting weapons, equipment, key locations and personalities, this study offers key insights into the tactics, leadership, combat performance and subsequent reputations of the Roman soldiers and their Germanic opponents pitched into a series of pivotal actions on the Imperial frontier that would influence Roman/German relations for decades to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Teutoburg Pass: Summer AD 9 /Idistaviso: Summer AD 16 /Angrivarian Wall: Summer AD 16 /Analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Index

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The struggle for control of the area between the Rhine and Elbe rivers in the first years of the 1st century AD pitted the well-trained and -equipped Roman forces of Augustus and Tiberius against their agile, aggressive German adversaries in a series of bloody battles, offering an opportunity to view what happened when different styles of combat, equipment and leadership clashed in the Ancient World.

About the Author

Lindsay Powell is news editor of Ancient Warfare magazine and author of Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania (Pen and Sword, June 2011) and Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General (Pen and Sword, January 2013). His articles on armies and warfare of the Roman period have appeared in Exercitus, Military Heritage, Strategy & Tactics and on UNRV.com. He is a veteran of the acclaimed Ermine Street Guard re-enactment society. He divides his time between Texas and the UK. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

EAN: 9781472803498
ISBN: 1472803493
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Dimensions: 24.38 x 18.29 x 1.27 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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