Third Century Roman Photo Album

My Favourite Cavalryman

The Third Century was a time of crisis for the Roman Empire. Added to the civil strife brought about by so many men thinking that they could become emperor, and all the dislocation that this caused, the external threats to the empire had changed. The Arsacid dynasty of the Parthians was replaced by Shapur and his Persian nobles, forming the Sassanian Empire. The Sassanids began to expand in the East, increasingly bringing them into conflict with the Roman Empire and its client states. The Roman army of this period appears to be evolving from the 'classic' soldiers of the early Principate, into the men of the Dominate - features of both can be seen in their clothing and equipment.

Pictures of my Roman units for this project can be seen here.

Copyright Dr. P.C. Hendry, 2010