Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World

Overview

Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World describes the combat methods of soldiers in Europe and the Middle East in the age before gunpowder. The book explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available, and points out how little has changed in some respects of the art of war.

Divided into five chapters, the first two chapters examines the individual components of an ancient army, the infantryman, archer, and the mounted soldier, the equipment they ...

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Overview

Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World describes the combat methods of soldiers in Europe and the Middle East in the age before gunpowder. The book explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available, and points out how little has changed in some respects of the art of war.

Divided into five chapters, the first two chapters examines the individual components of an ancient army, the infantryman, archer, and the mounted soldier, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together in units on the battlefield. Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World describes why certain types of units—like the Greek phalanx and Roman legion—were more effective than others and how their tactics evolved over time; it is illustrated with references to key battles. The third chapter discusses how these units were used together on the battlefield, how commanders controlled their men in the heat of battle, and the importance of a general correctly disposing his troops before the fighting began. The fourth part of the book looks at the specialist techniques and equipment developed for siege warfare in the ancient world, with examples of classic battles like Julius Caesar’s victory at Alesia and illustrations of catapults and other siege engines. Finally the last chapter covers naval warfare in the ancient world, from the ships in which the men fought to the weapons they carried and the major battles of the period.

Using specially commissioned color and black-andwhite artworks to illustrate the battles, equipment, and tactics of the era, Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World shows in detail the methods by which armies, including Assyrians and Roman forces, prevailed over their foes and why other armies were less successful. The book is an essential companion for any reader interested in warfare in the Classical age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435145344
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.

ROB S. RICE is a Professor at the American Military University, teaching courses on Ancient and Modern Naval Warfare. He has published an article in the Oxford Companion to American Military History and six others in The Reader's Guide to Military History.

SCOTT M. RUSCH has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has contributed two articles to a book on ancient and medieval warfare published by Salem Press.

JOHN SERRATI is a Lecturer at St. Leonard’s College, University of St Andrews, UK. His Ph.D. was written on “Sicily and the Imperialism of Mid-Republican Rome (289–191 BC),” and he is the co-editor of Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus.

 

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