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. Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (2)

    ELI 230 Multiple formats
    The Late Roman Empire was a period of significant change in the designs of standards and in the costumes of standard-bearers. During the middle decades of the chaotic 3rd century, evidence confirms the...

    Starting at: $16.00

  2. Legion versus Phalanx

    GNM Multiple formats
    From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented...

    Starting at: $9.60

  3. 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,...

    Starting at: $17.60

  4. The Persian War in Herodotus and Other Ancient Voices

    GNM Multiple formats
    Weaving together the accounts of the ancient historian Herodotus with other ancient sources, this is the engrossing story of the triumph of Greece over the mighty Persian Empire.The Persian War is the...

    Starting at: $18.90

  5. The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus

    MAA 528 Multiple formats
    Pyrrhus was one of the most tireless and famous warriors of the Hellenistic Age that followed the dispersal of Alexander the Great's brief empire. After inheriting the throne as a boy, and a period of...

    Starting at: $12.16

  6. Roman Army Units in the Western Provinces (2)

    MAA 527 Multiple formats
    The appearance of Roman soldiers in the 3rd century AD has long been a matter of debate and uncertainty, largely thanks to the collapse of central control and perpetual civil war between the assassination...

    Starting at: $12.16

  7. Strasbourg AD 357

    CAM 336 Multiple formats
    Civil war in the Western Roman Empire between AD 350-53 had left the frontiers weakly defended, and the major German confederations along the Rhine - the Franks and Alemanni - took advantage of the situation...

    Starting at: $11.52

  8. Macedonian Phalangite vs Persian Warrior

    CBT 40 Multiple formats
    In August 334 BC, Alexander the Great invaded the Persian Empire and systematically set about its conquest. At the core of Alexander's army were 10,000 members of the phalanx, the phalangites. Armed...

    Starting at: $10.56

  9. War Bows

    GNM Multiple formats
    War bows dominated battlefields across the world for centuries. In their various forms, they allowed trained archers to take down even well-armoured targets from great distances, and played a key role...

    Starting at: $16.80

  10. Mutina 43 BC

    CAM 329 Multiple formats
    In the aftermath of the murder of Gaius Julius Caesar, his self-declared successor Mark Antony struggled to hold together his legacy. Following an abortive coup attempt by Caesar's adopted son Octavian,...

    Starting at: $7.20

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