One of the most important festivals for a Roman legion was the birthday of the eagle, which celebrated the anniversary of the legion's foundation. For the Second Augustan Legion, based in Caerleon, this was 23 September, birthday of the Emperor Augustus. The National Museum celebrated this date for ten years with a prestigious lecture held at the Roman Legionary Museum. These lectures became of international renown, and are finally available as an anthology, beautifully produced in hardback with new illustrations.
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Book Description Book Condition: Antiquarian. Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau Cenedlaethol Cymru / National Museum & Galleries of Wales, 2002. XIV,212p. Richly ills.(B&W photographs and line drawings). Hard bound with dust wrps. Lower corners a bit bumped. Dust wrps to edges slightly wrinkled. Initials stamp, date and personal library mark on free endpaper. A.o.: L. KEPPIE: The origins and early history of the Second Augsutan Legion (pp.11-27); W.H. MANNING: Early roman campaigns in the south-west of Britain (pp.27-45); D.J. BREEZE: The Second Augustan Legion in north Britain 9pp.67-83); M.P. SPEIDEL: The framework of an imperial legion (pp.125-145); Valerie A. MAXFIELD: Soldier and civilian: life beyond the ramparts (pp.145-165). Antiquarian. Bookseller Inventory # 50407