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on 16 May 2004
This is an amazing reference book for anyone with more than a passing interest in ancient military history.
It covers every Greek and Roman battle, naval and land (up to 31BC) with any basis in fact, whether or not it has a defenite gographical position. It also contains several detailed maps of the mediterranean and middle east to show where many of the battles occurred.
It is a little vague at times, but as it contains over 650 battles in one volume, you cannot fault it too greatly!
There again, it still gives a fanatastic springboard into the battles of early to high antiquity. It also contains a bibliography which can be used as a guide to further reading.
The battles are presented in a standard fashion; Name (obviously), year, campaign/war, participants, tactics, outcome, consequences and where applicable, battle map..
There are two main faults with this book. Firstly, the aforementioned vagueness of the book, which although not paritculary dreadful can still be frustrating at times.
Also, the fact that it only covers battles until 31BC. This means that nearly 600 years of Roman history is neglected, including the wars with Parthia, the invasion of Britain, the wars with the Germans and the subsequent collapse of the Western empire and the rise of Byzantine empire.
However this is an extremely useful volume and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the warsof early antiquity.
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