Ancient Warfare Books

Books and ebooks about warfare in the Ancient World, examining the equipment, uniforms, training and tactics of soldiers and warriors on the battlefield, from the Spartans of Ancient Greece to the legendary Roman Legions. Discover the weapons that they used, the fortifications that protected them and the battles they fought in, battles like Thermopylae, Actium, Qadesh and Marathon.

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  1. Leuctra 371 BC

    CAM 363 Paperback Published 24 Jun 2021
    The battle of Leuctra, fought in early July in 371 BC was one of the most important battles ever to be fought in the ancient world. Not only did it see the destruction of the Spartan dominance of Greece,...
  2. Roman Legionary vs Gallic Warrior

    CBT 55 Paperback Published 15 Apr 2021
    In the manner of many Roman generals, Caesar would write his domestic political ambitions in the blood and treasure of foreign lands. His governorship of Cisalpine Gaul gave him the opportunity to demonstrate...
  3. Caudine Forks 321 BC

    CAM 322 Multiple formats
    In its long history, the Roman Republic suffered many defeats, but none as humiliating as the Caudine Forks in the summer of 321 BC. Rome had been at war with the Samnites - one of early Rome's most...

    Starting at: $19.20

  4. Athenian Hoplite vs Spartan Hoplite

    CBT 53 Multiple formats
    The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), waged between Athens and Sparta and their respective allies, involved some of the most important developments in ancient warfare. A life-and-death struggle between the...

    Starting at: $17.60

  5. The Numidians 300 BC–AD 300

    MAA 537 Multiple formats
    The Numidian light cavalry were among the best-known horsemen in the ancient world: riding without saddles or bridle, carrying only hide shields for defense and clutching a handful of light javelins, they...

    Starting at: $15.20

  6. Roman Heavy Cavalry (2)

    ELI 235 Multiple formats
    In the twilight of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th-6th centuries, the elite of the field armies was the heavy armoured cavalry - the cataphracts, clad in lamellar, scale, mail and padded fabric armour....

    Starting at: $16.00

  7. Britannia AD 43

    CAM 353 Multiple formats
    For the Romans, Britannia lay beyond the comfortable confines of the Mediterranean world around which classical civilisation had flourished. Britannia was felt to be at the outermost edge of the world...

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  8. Roman Shields

    ELI 234 Multiple formats
    The introduction of the scutum in the 4th century BC revolutionized the way the Romans fought. Instead of being purely defensive, the shield became a weapon in its own right. Using the top edge or boss...

    Starting at: $16.00

  9. Roman Soldier vs Parthian Warrior

    CBT 50 Multiple formats
    In 53 BC, Roman and Parthian forces collided in a confrontation that would reshape the geopolitical map and establish a frontier between East and West that would endure for the next 700 years. From the...

    Starting at: $17.60

  10. The Spatha

    WPN 72 Multiple formats
    Adopted from the Celts in the 1st century BC, the spatha, a lethal and formidable chopping blade, became the primary sword of the Roman soldier in the Later Empire. Over the following centuries, the blade,...

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