The Thracians 700 BC–AD 46

The Thracians 700 BC–AD 46

Men-at-Arms 360
  • Author: Christopher Webber
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: MAA 360
  • Publication Date: 25 Sep 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841763293
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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Throughout the three centuries before Christ many hundreds of thousands of Thracians, in more than 40 tribes, occupied the area between northern Greece, southern Russia and north-west Turkey. Skilled horsemen, masters of light infantry fighting in broken terrain, and renowned for their ferocity, the Thracians were feared by even the greatest of their contemporaries, who were eager to employ them as mercenaries. After surviving invasions by the Persians, Greeks, Macedonians and Celts, the Thracians were finally conquered by Rome in AD 46. This concise but lavishly illustrated study of their history and material culture includes the results of the latest archaeological research, notably some remarkable tomb paintings.

Biographical Note

Christopher Webber was born in Reading in 1961 and lived in the UK, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka before moving to Sydney in 1972. Having gained a number of degrees and diplomas he is currently studying Ancient History at the University of New England, Armindale, NSW and works as a manager of a health computing project. He has visited and assisted at digs on Thracian archaeological sites in Bulgaria. His many interests include writing, creating web sites (he has created a massive web site about the Thracians, their neighbours, and ancestors at, cycling, singing, bushwalking, and wargaming.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Chronology Historical outline - Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic & Roman periods The Sources Thracian costume Armour Weapons Fortifications The Thracian Army Thracian mercenary troops Troop types Tribes Tactics representative campaigns - Lysimachos in Thrace, 323 BC; Magnesia, 189 BC

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