Item Number: 111535
Title: Das römische Heer auf der Trajanssäule
Author: Richter, Danae
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Description: Mainz: Rutzen, 2010. 25cm., pbk., 472pp., 368 illus. German text. Summary: The subjects of this investigation are the military portrayals on the Column of Trajan, the ornamentation of which describes the two Dacian wars of Trajan (101/2 and 105/6 AD). Focus is placed on the archaeological reliability of what is represented: Can and should the viewer use the available visual information unquestioningly as a stone chronicle and "real arsenal," or should the viewer expect distortions that could be attributed to artistic traditions and political aims. The study compares the equipment and weaponry of the legion, auxiliary cavalry and infantry, imperial cavalry, Praetorians, standard bearers and the irregular units on the Column of Trajan with the archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and literary parallel traditions, and presents noticeable discrepancies, systematizes them, and assigns them in their causal relationships. Besides the equipment, the army on the march, in battle, etc., are also taken into consideration. The work is at the same time a military manual on the equipment and weaponry of the Roman army at the time of Emperor Trajan. (Mentor: Studien zu Metallarbeiten und Toreutik, 3)
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