Arma is the biannual newsletter of ARMES.


Arma is the newsletter of ARMES which, since 1983, has met to discuss the arms, armour, and military fittings of the Roman army. The proceedings of these volumes have been published (four of them by British Archaeological Reports) but Arma now provides an opportunity for the publication of short notes on recent finds, news of relevant publications, and a running bibliography of academic articles published on the subject since 1980. The newsletter also supplies details about forthcoming events, including of course the next ROMEC. Of interest to specialists and enthusiasts alike, as well as unit and museum staff, and academics working in related fields, Arma offers the chance to keep up-to-date with Roman military equipment studies.


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Page numbers are included in square brackets after each entry, e.g. [7-8]

Individual issues can be downloaded from their respective contents page, but a bumper bundle of all issues of Arma can be downloaded as a zip file (75Mb) here.

Notes for contributors

  1. Copy dates for Arma are March 1st (for the Spring edition) and 1st September (for the Autumn one).
  2. Absolutely anything pertaining to the study of Roman military equipment will be considered for publication, including details about recently published books or articles, news about finds, or information about forthcoming courses or exhibitions.
  3. Contributions should preferably be emailed in any popular word processor format (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt). See item 5 below for sending illustrations in electronic format.
  4. This one is usually ignored, but is nonetheless very important. Illustrations should be designed to fit the text area – either landscape, portrait, a portion of the latter, or a column’s width. They should also be camera-ready: i.e. should already have been reduced to the size required in reproduction.
  5. Colour photographs (up to 296 × 210mm) can now be readily included in Arma, and these should preferably be in digital format as a JPEG (no more than 90% compression) or TIFF file (with LZW compression, if possible). Make sure they are of sufficiently high resolution: as an example, a photo to occupy the whole text width (150mm) needs to be at least 1800 pixels wide.
  6. Contributions can be sent to the Editor of Arma, Dr Mike Thomas.