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Posted by: Luernos Here are a few ideas for future works on the military history of Ancient World: Sumerian Armies (MAA) Sargon of Akkad’s Army (MAA) The Maurya Empire’s Army (MAA) The Maya (WAR) Khopesh (WPN) The Conquests of Thutmose III (ESS) New Egyptian Kingdom’s Enemies (MAA) Warring States period from 5th to 3rd Century BC (ESS) Qin Army (MAA) Changping 260 BC (CAM) Ancient Siege Warfare in Ancient China (ELI)
Posted on: 02/04/2014 14:25:00

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Posted by: .George Washington
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I would buy all of these if they were published!
Posted on: 02/04/2014 15:02:00
Posted by: Hugo Rodrigues
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Joined Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
Your 18th century list was very good. This one on the other hand is filled with unfeasible suggestions. * Where would you find the raw material for a whole ESS about the campaigns of Thutmose III? Or for 48 pp. of MAA specifically about Sumerian or Akkadian armies? * Credit for trying to find Ancient titles outside of the usual Greco-Roman themes, but I don't think that many of these are feasible.
Posted on: 02/04/2014 19:08:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
I have to agree with HR about some of these titles being unfeasable. However, coverage of ancient and medieval China could use a lot of tightening up. Khopesh? Is this the Greek cutting sword which I know as Kopis, also Mascherra in Italy and Falcatta in Spain and North Africa? I would certainly buy this title, particularly if it covered the full cultural range which I have described above.
Posted on: 03/04/2014 08:03:00
Posted by: Luernos
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Joined Date: Sunday, 10 November 2013
We do have enough matter to write and illustrate Osprey publications on each of these topics. Specialists have already published many works that inform us on all the aspects of war in these different civilisations. For instance, one can read the work of Bertrand LAFONT, Head of Research at the CNRS, department of History and Archaeology of the Cuneiform East (HAROC: Histoire et Archéologie de l’Orient Cunéiforme), and amongst others, Dr Lafont’s article on the kings of Ur’s armies http://cdli.ucla.edu/pubs/cdlj/2009/cdlj2009_005.pdf Khopesh is a weapon of Hyksos origin, used afterwards by the Egyptian elite of the New Kingdom. Some pieces were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb, and in Ramesses’ s hands, when he is represented fighting. According to some, it would seem that Alexander the Great could have owned such a weapon. Finally, if Osprey has been able to publish a book on the Early Aegean Warrior 5000 –1450 BC , I doubt there would be any problem in the treatment of our subjects.
Posted on: 05/04/2014 11:41:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
I now understand, Khopish is the Egyptian bronze sickle sword. What Alexander used was the Greek Kopis, a bit like a Gurkha Kukri but with the thin neck of the blade elongated. It was made in both short infantry and long cavalry versions. Its ancestry might lie in the Egyptian weapon, but I don't know. Perhaps someone else does?
Posted on: 06/04/2014 18:38:00
Posted by: achim
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
I thnk we do have materisal enough for MOST suggested MAA! Maybe with the exception of Sargon's Army! As far as I know there is not enough material to set them apart from the "earlier" Sumerian Armies, or the "later" Semites!! The Akkadians are generally refered to as being the first "Semite Kingdom"! However, nowdays, there has been casted much doubt on such a simplistic statement! And we have precios little pictoral evidence from the Akkadians! Maybe their Monuments were made of perishable Materials (not very likely), were deliberately destroyed after their Fall (not unusual in the ancient Middle East), or, what I see as the most likely cause; the Material was reused by later Kings and the Monuments thus destroyed... . For Thusmose III, a ESS might just be posible! With a lot of guesswork though! As long as nobody asks for too much detail! I remember someone asking for a CAM on the Battle of Megiddo..., which is patently not possble! . An ESS on the Warring States Period is surely posible and would be very wellcome! We do have more then enough material on the Qin Army for an MAA, thanks to the Terracotta Army! . Do you really think there is enough source Material for a CAM on Changpng?? as faras I know...., there is much left to guesswork and conjecture on this particular Battle...
Posted on: 07/04/2014 20:55:00
Posted by: achim
Total Posts: 40
Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Hopefully WITH paragrafs this time!! . . I think we do have materisal enough for MOST suggested MAA! Maybe with the exception of Sargon's Army! As far as I know there is not enough material to set them apart from the "earlier" Sumerian Armies, or the "later" Semites!! The Akkadians are generally refered to as being the first "Semite Kingdom"! However, nowdays, there has been casted much doubt on such a simplistic statement! And we have precios little pictoral evidence from the Akkadians! Maybe their Monuments were made of perishable Materials (not very likely), were deliberately destroyed after their Fall (not unusual in the ancient Middle East), or, what I see as the most likely cause; the Material was reused by later Kings and the Monuments thus destroyed... . . For Thusmose III, a ESS might just be posible! With a lot of guesswork though! As long as nobody asks for too much detail! I remember someone asking for a CAM on the Battle of Megiddo..., which is patently not possble! . . An ESS on the Warring States Period is surely posible and would be very wellcome! We do have more then enough material on the Qin Army for an MAA, thanks to the Terracotta Army! . . Do you really think there is enough source Material for a CAM on Changpng?? as faras I know...., there is much left to guesswork and conjecture on this particular Battle...
Posted on: 07/04/2014 20:55:00
Posted by: Luernos
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Joined Date: Sunday, 10 November 2013
I agree as far as Changping and Sargon of Akkad’s Army are concerned. As for the Conquests of Thutmose III (ESS), my idea is that it may be feasible. Donald Bruce Redford wrote The Wars in Syria and Palestine of Thutmose III.
Posted on: 07/04/2014 22:02:00
Posted by: achim
Total Posts: 40
Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Well, Yes Luernos, I also think it should be possible to do a Essential History Title on Thutmosos III Wars! As long as nobody expects actual Battle Narrative, 3D Maps, Troop strength and Organisations, it should be quite posible!! let's cross our finger, OSPREY hears us.....
Posted on: 08/04/2014 00:37:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Perhaps a general MAA on the warriors / armies of early Mesopotamia?
Posted on: 09/04/2014 18:21:00
Posted by: achim
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
@Scratchbuilder: yes, that would be a viable way to do such a book! After the City States of Sumer, and their first Empires, or Proto-empires, came the Semitic Empire of Akkad! After the Fall of Akkad, 180 years after the founding of the Empire, and a sho
Posted on: 09/04/2014 22:53:00
Posted by: Pompeius Minus
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
I think Sumeria is especially interesting, where you have the Standard of Ur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_of_Ur

cleary depiciting infantry formations and chariots 1400 years before Kadesh, which is considered the earliest battle on (somwhat) detailed record. In other words it's about as far back as we can get in terms of organized militaries.
Posted on: 25/06/2014 16:32:00

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