Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 256 pages
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A comprehensive and heavily illustrated guide to warfare in the ancient world.

This essential guide to ancient warfare describes the fighting methods of soldiers in Europe and the Middle East in an age before gunpowder. From a detailed examination of the individual components of an ancient army and their equipment, to a fascinating exploration of ancient battle strategies, siege warfare, and naval battles, it explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available. Using specially commissioned color and black-and-white artwork and 24 full-color tactical maps, this book shows in great detail the methods by which armies, including Assyrians and Roman forces, prevailed over their foes, and why other armies were less successful. This is a must-read for any reader interested in ancient warfare.

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Review: Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 BC to 500 AD): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Very simple overview of the fighting styles of the ancient world. Lavishly illustrated the battle scene paintings are great. Neat in the fact that it includes very early periods with references to Assyrian/Egyptian/Hittite period sources for battles like Qadesh and others. Read full review

Review: Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 BC to 500 AD): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This book was much more useful for understanding why a particular group fought the way they did. Perhaps because it's the very beginning of what we know, so it had to be explained more. I did think ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Simon Anglim is a researcher at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and has published widely on military history through the ages. Phyllis G. Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rob S. Rice is a professor at the American Military University. Scott M. Rusch has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. John Serrati is a Lecturer at St. Leonard's College at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.

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