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The Republican Roman army suffered heavy losses as a result of the ‘hit and run’ tactics employed by the Hispanics in Ancient Spain. After preparatory chanting, the Celt-Iberians would attack en masse and in apparent disorder. At a pre-arranged signal the warriors would retreat as if defeated. This sequence might be repeated over several days, until finally the Romans lost their discipline and broke formation in pursuit. At this point the Hispanics would quickly mount a counter-attack that would decimate the legions. This volume explores the organisation, tactics, history, arms and armour of Rome's Spanish enemies.

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Rafael Treviño Martinez is a respected author in the field of Ancient History, and has a special interest in the period of classical history in his native Spain.

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'By the name of Iberia, the ancient Greeks designated all the country that extends beyond the River Rhone and the isthmus which comprises the Gaulish gulf; while we today place the borders in the Pyrences, and say that the names "Iberia" and "Hispania" are synonymous. Lire la première page
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Great use of the Osprey format 20 janvier 2006
Par Red Harvest - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Martinez/McBride's work is one of the better examples of an Osprey book: it covers an area that otherwise receives little attention, Martinez clearly knows his subject and is eager to share the knowledge, the book is concise and well illustrated. (This is some of Angus McBride's best work in my opinion.)

The classical period Iberian peninsula receives little dedicated coverage, yet it was the strategically decisive theater for the 2nd Punic War. Hannibal launched his invasion from here, and when the Carthaginian territories he left behind were finally subdued, the Romans were able to make the decisive invasion of Africa that forced Hannibal to leave Italy to defend Carthage. After defeating Hannibal, it took Rome almost 200 years to fully pacify their Iberian subjects. The discussion of Veriatus campaigns, and the Numantine wars are some of the more interesting aspects of this work. Martinez explains the mix of Iberian, Celt, and Celt-Iberian tribes that characterized the native inhabitants; and he describes which weapons and armour were associated with each group.

Despite the short length, there is good representation of archaeological findings to support the text and color plates.

As with other interesting Osprey works, it leaves the reader wishing it were longer to more fully explore the subject.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
shows where toledo steel originated from. 22 août 2006
Par Douglas E. Libert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
i was surprised to note the close similarities between the Spanish weaponry and art to the Ancient Greeks. I knew that the Greeks had colonized the Meditteranean but this book really brings it home.Spain must have been a vast "melting pot" of cultures,including Celtic,North African as well as roman.The seige of Numantia,a city deep in the Spanish Peninsula,by the romans occurred in 134 B.C.This was about 90 years before the great Roman seige of Alesia by Julius Caesar's army and makes for equally fascinating reading.Maps and archaeological digs highlight the brief explanation of Roman general Scipio's conquering of this major city.I remember from history class hearing that Toledo steel conquered the Aztecs,but i didn't know that the ancient spanish were already masters of iron ore and the Romans even adopted alot of Spanish weaponry.Also mentioned in the book was the fact that the Roman year initially began in September. It was changed to January due to consideration of Romes war of conquest in spain.The book ends with the pacification of Spanish territory in 19 B.C.
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Spaniards 31 mars 2007
Par K. Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book details the history, tactics, and battle gear of the tribal people of what would now be Spain (Hispania) and Portugal (Lusitania) in the last three centuries before Christ. The Spaniards of this time period were a proud people with a strong warrior's tradition, and they simply refused to submit to Rome for centuries. Even when a tribe was officially 'conquered', they would still revolt time and again. In their military-minded culture the Hispanics had borrowed from the Greeks, the ancient Africans, and the Gaulish Celts, which made their very appearance, clothing, and weaponry exotic. This book also tells the heroic, and ultimately tragic stories of the revolt of the Lusitanian patriot Viriatus and the resistance of the Numantine Celtiberians to Scipio Africanus. These are also some of my favorites of Angus McBride's many plates for the Osprey series, depicting Iberian, Hispano-Celtic, and Andalusian warriors clashing with the Romans, often fighting with their brutal falcata swords, their iron soliferrum javelins, and their deadly slings.
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Old but still superb and one of the best 29 avril 2014
Par JPS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is an old Osprey title, first published in 1986 (and reprinted since) and illustrated by the much regretted Angus McBride. It only has one thing missing: there is no list of references for further reading simply because Osprey Men-at-Arms did not include any at the time, so the usual author/illustrator pair can hardly be blamed for that. Otherwise, it has it all, perhaps with the exception of a little glitch.

The first section lays out the scene by briefly presenting “The peoples of proto-historic Spain” and clearly describes the three main groups, and they social organisation and obligations, and the respective territories that they occupied in the Iberian Peninsula.
The two next sections present the warfare in Ancient Spain, and the impact it had on Rome. These sections, which include a rather detailed chronology, help to show to what extent the tribes in Iberia were major trouble for Rome, and, with the help of geography, continued to be so for about two centuries, well after the demise of Carthage, of Greece and the Hellenistic Kingdoms, and of Gaul, to name just these few.

To illustrate to what extent they were trouble, the (Spanish) author has picked the campaigns of Viriathus and the Numantine wars, showing that in both cases the Romans suffered multiple defeats and disasters before finally winning what had become wars of attrition. A related feature is to show that one reason for these ongoing and endemic rebellions was the very behaviour of most of the Roman commanders, with each new commander (although they were a couple of exceptions) stirring up trouble of his own through his exactions in order to gather plunder and glory and make a name for himself. To illustrate this, the author lists the rather huge amounts of gold and silver that a selection of commanders each extracted and came back to Rome with.

Here is where there is a slight glitch, with the author stating that “the Second Punic War was financed with the silver that the Romans extracted from the mines around Cartagena.” While true, this only happened at best during the second half of the war and certainly not before 209 BC (at the earliest) when Scipio conquered Cartagena from the Carthaginians. Before that (and, for some of the mines, perhaps even up to 206 BC, when the last Carthaginian army was defeated in Spain), the silver and gold mines from Iberia were financing the Carthaginian war effort, and Hannibal’s one in particular.

The next section is about armour, weapons and troop types, whether medium or light infantry, including the well-known and fearsome Balearic slingers, or Iberian cavalry. At least some of it, thanks to the stamina of the Iberian horses, could help carry an extra infantryman, thereby giving increased mobility to their forces and making them that much more difficult to catch for the more heavily equipped legions. One of the main features of this section is to show to what extent Rome “borrowed” much of its equipment from the Celts in general, and the Iberians in particular. The case of the “Gladius Hispaniensis” is the best known, of course, although the puggio (the legionary’s triangular dagger) is also of Iberian origin, while mail, some of the Roman helmets (the Montefortino types), the La Tène long swords (as “ancestors” of the spatha) and the large scutum shields were all borrowed from the Celts and improved.

Finally, there are the (simply gorgeous!) plates. One interesting feature is that, for each of them, the source of inspiration is clearly indicated and is even often included in the book through photos. One example is the superb golden pectoral of the Iberian chieftain who is part of the front page illustration. Another is the double plate (D-E) showing six Iberians hidden on the top of a hill and waiting to ambush a Roman column. While the authors mention quite candidly that they have put together characters whose appearance and equipment belonged to several different tribes, they also mention that there were cases where warriors from several of them could fight together, especially against the hated Romans. Five stars for a rather superb title.
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Another great title from Osprey Publishing 25 février 2006
Par James Carpenter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Covering a somewhat neglected front of the wars of Republican Rome, this book gives enough detail and substance to please the casual historian and dedicated wargamer. The color plates are of the high quality fans of Osprey books have come to expect from Angus McBride, and the black-and-white maps, illustrations, and pictures help to fill in the gaps. Highly recommended as an addition to your Osprey collection.
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