Ancient Warfare Technology: From Javelins to Chariots

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Did you know . . .The Scythians used guerrilla warfare more than 2,500 years ago? The Chinese general Sun-tzu wrote the first military manual in the fourth century B.C.? Some ancient Greek warships had more than 150 oarsmen? Military technology is almost as old as human society. The first humans sometimes fought one another with sticks and spears. Over the centuries, early peoples developed more powerful—and deadlier—weapons. The ancient Egyptians built the first warships. The Mayans crafted razor-sharp blades ...

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Overview

Did you know . . .The Scythians used guerrilla warfare more than 2,500 years ago? The Chinese general Sun-tzu wrote the first military manual in the fourth century B.C.? Some ancient Greek warships had more than 150 oarsmen? Military technology is almost as old as human society. The first humans sometimes fought one another with sticks and spears. Over the centuries, early peoples developed more powerful—and deadlier—weapons. The ancient Egyptians built the first warships. The Mayans crafted razor-sharp blades from obsidian, a kind of glass. The ancient Chinese invented the crossbow. This mechanized weapon could shoot arrows much farther than an ordinary bow. What other kinds of weapons did ancient warriors use? What tactics and strategies did they employ? How did they protect themselves from enemies? And how did ancient warfare technology set the stage for our own modern warfare technology? Learn more in Ancient Warfare Technology.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Like the "How They Made Things Work!" series above, this one tackles innovations from ancient cultures, but here they are grouped together by type rather than by area or period. At first, this approach seems clever and useful, and it works well in Medical Technology. But in other cases, the inventions overlap to the degree that the books either refer to one another—and depend on the information in other titles—or they repeat themselves. This is particularly true in the introductions to each book, which are almost identical, and in the beginning of each final chapter, which contains an almost identical lead-in paragraph. Many of the photos are also reused across titles. Each book is divided into regions, and these sections often refer to one another where inventions are shared or borrowed as well. The lack of diagrams showing how the science of particular inventions works makes it hard to apply the information in a science classroom. The titles miss out on showing the impact of the innovations on the cultures in which they were developed. In addition, the treatment of American cultures is inconsistent; these sections often try to cover too much and sometimes venture into a time period that, according to the final section of each book, is "after the ancients." The historical documentation and photographs of archaeological finds are excellent highlights, and the short (frequently repetitive) sentences make the titles approachable for reluctant readers, but the series fails to live up to its potential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761365259
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Technology in Ancient Cultures Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.

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