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    As I suspected - you can still get it.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greece-Rome-.../dp/1848326092

    The only area I find it weak on is that the book really doesn't go beyound the 2nd century AD. The Roman army saw massive changes after that which this book doesn't cover but an excellent book all the same.

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    Thank you! Found (and ordered) it for a decent price on amazon.

    Back on topic: sadly, the Acient Ways Martial Arts Academy doesn't seem to offer courses in getting naked and on drugs and thus completely misses the point.
    Last edited by nils; 6/17/2013 1:50pm at .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nils View Post
    Thank you! Found (and ordered) it for a decent price on amazon.

    Back on topic: sadly, the Acient Ways Martial Arts Academy doesn't seem to offer courses in getting naked and on drugs and thus completely misses the point.
    Burning man.

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    Burning man.
    What a good idea. We can go over there and shove him in a great big burning Wicca man so he can get in touch with his Celtic roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scipio View Post
    Good starting pointing - Peter Connolly - Greece and Rome at War. Coffee table format but a massive wealth of information not just on the Roman army but the impact of the peoples they came into contact with.

    It was out of print for a while but I think you can get it again.

    In short the Romans were a bunch of military kleptomanics. They copied ideas and technology very heavily from the peoples they came into contact with.

    The classic Roman imperial helmet - the "Imperial Gallic" was copied from Celtic designs.

    Chain mail (Roman's refered to as Lorica Hamata) was a Celtic invention.

    The Roman's copied the Celtiberian short sword (known as the Gladius Hispania).

    Connolly's book is excellent in that it shows how the equipment changed over time and you can see in the likeness of, say the helmet types how they influenced Roman designs.
    So...the Romans conquered the celts with their own **** (which the celts should logically have been far more experienced at using).

    All this before the Germanics and Huns took them apart.

    Time well spent indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scipio View Post
    I could get really boring at this stage and explain about the impact of Celtic weaponary, armour and tactics on the development of the Roman Army. (I did my dissertation on this - which is why this guy gets right up my nose).
    Is your dissertation publicly available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCS View Post
    Is your dissertation publicly available?
    No did it years ago on my typewriter - this was 1989. It wasn't that brilliant - I spent too much time down the pub as a student.

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    I didn't know that the Celts did karate.

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    To put himself through school, he worked for two years as a Recreational Therapist at a Psychiatric Facility where his martial arts skills were put to the test daily. Few martial artists get this kind of authentic training and experience; no ring, no referee, no protective gear, non-consensual combat without rules.
    Teaching people with mental illnesses how to tango and weave baskets is the best no holds barred combat experience out there.

    Also, by looking at this facebook page I've discovered that there's a 'Pagan Martial Arts Council' group on facebook. Who wants to join?
    Last edited by Zod; 6/18/2013 4:31pm at .

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    How many people can you beat up at a psychiatric facility before they fire you? I'd guess between 1 and 5.

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