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Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics Hardcover – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312309325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312309329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Armchair conquerors will delight in this encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated compendium of military lore. The authors, academic historians, cover the development of warfare in the Mediterranean world, from its beginnings in Sumeria and Egypt, to the rise of the Greek hoplite phalanx, to Alexander's inauguration of the age of the military genius, to the Roman legion's revolutionary combination of discipline, organization and tactical flexibility. The book is divided thematically into five chapters on infantry, mounted warfare, command and control, siege warfare and naval warfare. There are some drawbacks to this approach; the narratives of some individual battles, for example, are inconveniently broken up between different chapters. But for the most part the book lucidly organizes a huge amount of information that illuminates ancient warfare from many perspectives, from the grand strategy of generals to the minutiae of spear lengths and sword-fighting drills; particularly good are the sections on ancient artillery and the complexities of the centuries-long process of integrating horses into warfare. The excellent, multi-faceted illustrations include reproductions of ancient bas-reliefs, photos of rusty old weapons, diagrams of military units and battlefields and slightly cheesy but instructive full color paintings of battlefield encounters.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Simon Anglim is a researcher at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and has published widely on military history through the ages. Phyllis G. Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rob S. Rice is a professor at the American Military University. Scott M. Rusch has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. John Serrati is a Lecturer at St. Leonard's College at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.

More About the Author

Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea. His interests in human activity on the sea extend to all historical periods. He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association in addition to a presentation at Annapolis and has taught successfully subjects from Mythology to Roman History in the course of his teaching career. He received his doctorate in Ancient History from Penn in 1994 and teaches military history at the American Military University.

His articles on the U.S. Navy appear in The Oxford Guide to American Military History and the respected Reader's Guide to Military History. He wrote sections of Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World, Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern Era, Decisive Battles of the Ancient World, Battles of the Bible, Fighting Techniques of Naval Warfare, and Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era. Two books for juveniles on warfare in the ancient world are in libraries and schools.

Dr. Rice is an experienced marksman and a published poet and editor. He is also the author of five novels, with more forthcoming, and has participated in live and street theater in large venues. He is the cherishing owner of Big Dodge, his faithful 1970 Dodge Dart, and Winston, a 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. He lives near Denver, Colorado.

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I'm now considering of more serious books, anyway this one was a good starting point.
Park Sang Hee
I would highly recommend this book for wargamers and those interested in a basic understanding of what made the Military mind tick over in Ancient times.
Malcolm G. Wright
Laconic, lucid descriptions enhanced by excellent, relevant illustrations, diagrams and battle maps.
Donald N. Young

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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hand on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I have to say is that evidently the authors and I understand the term "fighting techniques" differently. Doing a quick search for books with "fighting techniques" in the title will show that the term is generally held to refer to specific techniques and skills used in hand-to-hand combat. I was hoping to find some exploration of this, but it rated hardly a mention.
Having said that, the book was a good solid overview of Ancient warfare, equipment, tactics, command and control, siegecraft. Nothing dramatically new (including many of the pictures) but if you want a sound book on ancient equipment and tactics, then I can recommend this one.
There were a few strange assertions, like the claim that a particular bow had an effective range of 600m, over twice the length of the longest recorded bowshot! While I'm on bows, when will people realise that 'firing' a bow is an act of arson, not one of war! Firearms are fired, bows are shot. And the multitude of authors resulted in some strange inconsistency in terminology, like mail being referred to by about three different names, none historically correct. The text also contained more than a reasonable number of typos and grammatical errors. The whole work felt rushed.
Despite my misgivings, if you're after a good general work on ancient warfare, this is a fine book. Just don't expect to see any specific fighting techniques described.
Stephen Hand
Author of Medieval Sword and Shield:
The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By 10th Legion on April 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Pro: Good survey of ancient warfare from Ancient Egypt and Sumeria through the Roman Empire. Physical quality is excellent. The authors are knowledgeable and competent. Extensive use of drawings, maps and art work is useful and effective.
Con: Nothing really new here - much of the excellent art work is borrowed from older works. The authors cover the topics well but do not offer more insight into ancient warfare then previously offerred by earlier out-of-print works by authors such as John Wharry, Sir John Hackett, and Peter Connolly.
Bottom Line: If you need just one general purpose book on the subject, this does the job well. If you need more than a survey of ancient warfare, take a pass on this book and go after the works listed in the bibliography.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A. Goss on November 3, 2004
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I must admit this book was a slight disappointment. After reading previous reviews and poring over the book's sample pages I had counted on this being an exhaustive work on Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World. Instead, it's more of a history lesson chronicling ancient cultures and their socio-economic along with politico-militaristic reasons for adopting certain types of equipment. Very little attention is actually given to "fighting techniques".

There is quite a bit of information on weapons and armor and a moderate amount of information about how these were used in battles, but for the most part you read about the "hows" and "whys" of nations adopting certain weapons, armor, auxillary elements and not a concentrated explanation of their various roles and advantages in battles. This information IS in there, it's just a bit less substantial than I had anticipated and hoped for. But the book does offer an overwhelming myriad of pictures, sculptures, drawings, paintings, etchings, carvings, and diagrams to help illustrate their various topical points. This is supplimented by the best feature of the book: The battle layouts.

There are roughly 18-20 full color, bird's eye view templates regarding major battles from Marathon to Mylae. These are wonderfully done and show each major step in the individual battle's progression. These are the real gems of the book.

As a whole this book is worth checking out, the extensive in-depth analysis of naval, siege, mounted, and infantry warfare equipment and tactics are astounding. Every page has at least one picture or diagram, and quite a few have scetches and layouts of various army formations, strategies, and planned progressive maneuvers.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Neil on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good at describing ancient warfare and tactics. It gives a description of various famous historical battles and the reasons why the battle ended in the manner it did. While I enjoyed that aspect of the book I was hoping for a few other things. I wanted to see more actual pictures or re-creations of the instruments of war. They use too many line drawings I think. I'd also like to see more discussion on the evolution of thought behind the war machines themselves. The writings on battle strategies is good, though.

I approached this book less interested in warfare specifically as much as I was interested in the technology and development of that technology in the instruments of war. If you're looking for that perspective you may not find it totally satisfying. However, the book is still an interesting read and you'll learn a lot and just how oversimplified the teaching in schools has become on ancient wars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm G. Wright on January 16, 2005
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I returned to Ancient History reading last year after many years studying other periods. This book may not be as comprehensive as some would like, but it is a fair appraisal of what is a very broad subject covering many centuries. As such I found it informative and even if not completely thorough, it certainly set me on track for where I should look for greater detail and helped me set the parameters for that. Roman & Greek warfare is covered more fully than most but I believe this is only fitting as their impact on the Ancient world was so profound.

I would highly recommend this book for wargamers and those interested in a basic understanding of what made the Military mind tick over in Ancient times.
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