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Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity
Book Review by J. E. Lendon

Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity

 J. E. Lendon in his book, Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity, uses Greek and Roman culture to explain fundamental changes in the conduct of war. Lendon persuasively argues that competition and an obsession...
Thermopylae: The Battle For The West
Book Review by Ernle Bradford

Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

Ernle Bradford’s Thermopylae: The Battle for the West is an exciting book for general enthusiasts of ancient history. This speedy read does not strictly focus on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans...
The Landmark Thucydides
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Thucydides

Covering the conflict between Sparta and Athens and their respective allies in the 5th century BCE this is a fascinating insight into ancient Greek politics, war and society in a crucial period of Greece's history.  Not only are...
Ancient Greek Warship: 500-322 BC (New Vanguard)
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Warship: 500-322 BC (New Vanguard)

Another fine Osprey book covering ancient greek warships from 500-322BC with sections on origins, design, construction, crew, armament and tactics, the Athenian navy, key battles, and the Olympias modern reconstruction project. A mix of colour...
Women at War in the Classical World
Book Review by Paul Chrystal

Women at War in the Classical World

Classical history tends to focus on the big-ticket war stories: Hannibal crossing the Alps, Alexander conquering Persia, Achilles and Hector’s final epic battle at Troy or Caesar defeating the Gauls. War has historically been a man’s...
A Companion to the Classical Greek World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

A Companion to the Classical Greek World

An excellent and comprehensive overview of the Greek world from the early 5th to late 4th century  BCE. Divided into 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the field, all the major themes of Classical Greece are covered: politics...
Great Generals of the Ancient World
Book Review by Richard Gabriel

Great Generals of the Ancient World

In Great Generals of the Ancient World, Richard Gabriel explores the military history of nine ancient figures. Stated from the outset, he realizes that many may object to his list of great military generals, asserting that his lifetime of...
Troy C. 1700-1250 BC (Fortress, 17)
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

Troy C. 1700-1250 BC (Fortress, 17)

Another fine Osprey book covering Troy from 1700 to 1250BC and including sections on Bronze Age chronology; the history of the archaeological excavations to the present day; the nine cities of Troy; mud-brick construction; fortifications...
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

Hellenika covers 411-362BC, the final years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War.  This edition has everything: maps galore, illustrations, many illustrative photos of ancient sites (in b&w), footnotes, detailed appendixes of other...
Ancient Chinese Warfare
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Chinese Warfare

In ancient China warfare was a means for one region to gain ascendancy over another, for the state to expand and protect its frontiers, and for usurpers to replace an existing dynasty of rulers. With armies consisting of tens of thousands...