Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome Paperback – 31 Dec 2002
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This superbly illustrated volume traces the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 B.C. and A.D. 800, from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Ravenna and the collapse of the western Roman Empire. John Warry tells of an age of great military commanders such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar - men whose feats of generalship still provide material for discussion and admiration in the military academies of the world. Rich illustrations of soldiers in uniform, equipment, weapons, warships, siege machines, war elephants, and more are accompanied by extensive captions. The text is complemented by a running chronology, 16 maps, 50 newly researched battle plans and tactical diagrams, and 125 photographs, 65 of them in color.
About the Author
John Warry looks at Alexander’ s campaigns, examining his principal battles in detail.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a perfect companion with Peter Conolly`s "Greece & Rome at war".
Although both books are not new they have excellent illustrations and very good text. They are ideal as an introduction on warfare in this period but by no means just that as I have found many little things that I never knew despite having read a lot for this period.
an excellent book for this topic
stood the test of time
good plates excellent diagrams
overall a must for anyone wanting a starting point in this topic
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Another great thing about the book, that was also covered by other reviewers, is the section of ancient authorities. This adds to the credibility of the book by stating sources as well as just by providing information about scholars of the times.
There isn't too much to complain about, but if I had to say something, I wish that there was more time spent on warfare at the time of Imperial Rome. Only 2 out of 12 chapters cover this 400-500 year period of time though Republican Rome is covered in detail.
Overall though this is a great buy and a great reference for ancient warfare.
This one problem aside, the book is simply marvelous, and as long as you don't mind the author breezing over Imperial Rome, it's a must-buy. The Alexander the Great section in particular is spectacular.
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