“Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World 3000BC – AD 500 Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics” by Simon Anglim, et. al. (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)

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There have been quite a few books written about wars and fighting, and there have also been many written about fighting and wars in the ancient world, but this book isn’t like any of them.  Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World does not intend to impress the reader with a biased account of how great the Romans, or Egyptians, or Persians were in battle.  The book is split into five simple chapters: “The Role of the Infantry,” “Mounted Warfare,” “Command and Control,” “Siege Warfare,” and “Naval Warfare.”

No bias at work in this book, just dutiful study, research and facts about how these ancient civilizations actually fought.  There are countless case-studies throughout the book that present a detailed account of what happened at a certain battle, like the Battle of Plataea between the Greeks and Persians in 479BC, or the Battle of Milvian Bridge between Maxentius and Constantine in 312AD.  With hundreds of illustrations and drawings of equipment and weaponry, many in color, as well as spectacular battle scenes and plans, Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World presents a new approach to ancient fighting: an appreciation of the skill of all civilizations, and not just one over the other.

Originally published on March 17th, 2003 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.