The Ancient World

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Art - 305 pages
Once warfare became established in ancient civilizations, it's hard to find any other social institution that developed as quickly. In less than a thousand years, humans brought forth the sword, sling, dagger, mace, bronze and copper weapons, and fortified towns. The next thousand years saw the emergence of iron weapons, the chariot, the standing professional army, military academies, general staffs, military training, permanent arms industries, written texts on tactics, military procurement, logistics systems, conscription, and military pay. By 2,000 B.C.E., war was an important institution in almost all major cultures of the world. This book shows readers how soldiers were recruited, outfitted, how they fought, and how they were cared for when injured or when they died. It covers soldiers in major civilizations from about 4000 B.C.E. to about 450 C.E. Soldiers' Lives through History; The Ancient World is divided into two parts, the first addressing military life and the second the ancient armies themselves. "Military Life" presents twenty-one chapters, on significant aspects of military life in the ancient world. Some of the topics include The physical condition of the soldier Recruitment Rations The soldier's equipment Camp life Discipline and punishment Weapons The chariot The cavalry Siegecraft and artillery Death and wounding Military medical care Topics are discussed cross-culturally, drawing examples from several of the cultures, armies, and time periods within each chapter in order to provide the reader with as comprehensive an understanding as possible and to avoid the usual "Western-centric" perspective too common in analyses of ancient warfare. The second part of the book, "Ancient Armies," seeks to present a detailed description of eighteen major armies of antiquity. Some of the armies included are those of Sumer and Akkad Egypt The Mitanni The Hittites The Philistines The Israelites China India Classical Greece Republican Rome Carthage The Barbarians The Roman Empire The book also provides a timeline at the beginning of the book in order to put some of the events, inventions, and developments into more context. There are 36 illustrations and 3 maps that help readers visualize some of the equipment, armor, transport, and formations that ancient soldiers used, carried, and fought in. Chapter bibliographies as well as a general bibliography and a comprehensive index round out the volume.

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Richard's teaching style is satanic at best. If you want a neanderthal type explanation of God's wisdom, judgement, and discernment, then go ahead and read this man's comic books. I would suggest to Mister Gabriel that he seeks Council with God Almighty and His forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ, before he meets him face to face and finds out the hard way that an easy buck isn't always that easy.... 


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Richard A. Gabriel is a military historian and the author of numerous books. He was Professor of History and Politics at the U.S. Army War College and Professor of Humanities and Ethics at Daniel Webster College. Among his many books are Empires At War: A Chronological Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2005), The Great Captains of Antiquity (2001) and From Sumer To Rome: The Military Capabilities of Ancient Armies (1991).

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