Peter Connolly

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Peter Connolly

Peter Connolly (born May 8, 1935 in Surrey ; † May 2, 2012 ) was a British non-fiction author, graphic artist, expert on Greco-Roman history and experimental archaeologist .

life and work

Connolly was born to the artist and illustrator Harold Connolly and his wife Mollie. He studied art from 1951 to 1953 at the Brighton College of Arts and Crafts, a college for arts and crafts and design, now part of Brighton University. He then did military service in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1956 . From 1956 to 1961 he worked as a commercial illustrator in various studios and advertising agencies before he discovered his passion for Greek and Roman military history. In self-study he worked out the scientific basics and began - in this form for the first time - with the graphic reconstruction of Roman uniforms from the late republic to the imperial army under Trajan . In 1975 he published his first illustrated book for young people under the title The Roman Army , which, due to its great success, was published only one year later under the title The Roman Army in West Germany.

His extraordinary knowledge first made him known in the English-speaking professional world and he became a regular contributor to journals such as the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies and the Roman Frontier Studies . In 1984 he became an honorary member of the Society of Antiquaries of London and worked from 1986 to 1989 as an honorary research fellow at Oxford University and at the Institute for Archeology at University College London . He was also a member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies .

Connolly was regularly seen on British television as an expert on ancient armies and their armament and, as a writer and presenter on BBC school television, led through the five-part series The Archaeological Background to the Gospels , which was very well received from the start. As an illustrator and painter, Connolly received orders from national and international museums, including the Roman-Germanic Central Museum in Mainz .

Connolly was friends with the Indologist and religious scholar Karel Werner , on whose 60th birthday in 1986 he published a commemorative publication that appeared in India.

In addition to his military studies, he was interested in model making , battle dioramas and photography. With his popular science, self-illustrated books, Connolly inspired a generation of scientists in their youth and laid the foundation for conveying Roman military history in particular to a wide audience.

Connolly was married twice and had three children.


Works published in German

Some works appeared in several editions, each with updated content and illustrations.


  • Alan Hedblad (Ed.): Something about the Author 105, Gale Research, 1999, ISBN 0-7876-2126-9 , p. 105.

Web links


  1. Much-loved historian dies ( Memento of the original from May 27, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , English , accessed May 12, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b c d Alan Hedblad (Ed.): Something about the Author 105, Gale Research, 1999, ISBN 0-7876-2126-9 , p. 105.
  3. ^ The National Regions . In: BBC Annual Report and Handbook , BBC Books, 1985, ISBN 0-563-20448-6 , p. 32.
  4. Peter Connolly (Ed.): Perspectives on Indian Religion: Papers in Honor of Karel Werner . New Delhi 1986, ISBN 81-7030-028-2 .