The Roman long sword, the spatha, was central to the Romans' defence of their empire and this title investigates the origins, development, combat use and lasting legacy of this feared close-combat weapon.
Introduction /Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index
Writer, publisher and archaeologist M.C. Bishop is an authority of all aspects of Ancient Rome at war, with particular emphasis on arms and armour of the era. He has written, co-written or edited dozens of books and articles on the subject, including volumes on the gladius and pilum for the Osprey Weapon series, and leads tours of Hadrian's Wall and other Roman sites. He lives in 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 model maker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.