- Author: David Nicolle
- Illustrator: Angus McBride
- Short code: MAA 243
- Publication Date: 26 Mar 1991
- ISBN: 9781855321663
- Format: Paperback
- Number of Pages: 48
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
Rome’s desert frontier was one where the Empire faced few dangers, for here relations were generally based on a mutual interest in trade across the frontier. Yet when Rome did clash with desert peoples, particularly those of Syria and Arabia, the mobility, fighting skills and ability to withdraw into an arid wilderness often gave the Arabs, Berbers and Sudanese an extra edge. This fascinating volume by David Nicolle explores the history and armies of Rome’s enemies of the desert frontier. The author’s fine text is accompanied by a wealth of illustrations and photographs, including eight stunning full-page colour plates by Angus McBride.
David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going ‘back to school’, gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK. Angus McBride is one of the world’s most respected historical illustrators and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.
The Desert Frontier Chronology North Africa Southern Arabia Central Arabia Syria Mesopotamia The Plates