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Discussions from Ancient Warfare Magazine. Why did early civilisations fight? Who were their Generals? What was life like for the earliest soldiers? Ancient Warfare Magazine will try and answer these questions. Warfare minus two thousand years.

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Discussions from Ancient Warfare Magazine. Why did early civilisations fight? Who were their Generals? What was life like for the earliest soldiers? Ancient Warfare Magazine will try and answer these questions. Warfare minus two thousand years.

    Did the Ancients use verbal insults on weapons?

    Did the Ancients use verbal insults on weapons?

    Carlos asks, 'in the current war in Ukraine, we've seen Ukrainian soldiers write insulting messages and trolling ones on artillery shells before firing them at Russian forces. Did a similar practice exist in the ancient Mediterranean world with soldiers writing insults and or the use of verbal insults.'
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    • 13 min
    How did Rome's Italian allies fight?

    How did Rome's Italian allies fight?

    Wyton asks, 'During the republic, what were the Romans Italian allies armed with, and how did they fight? As legionaries or some other method?'
     
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    • 10 min
    The Late Roman East

    The Late Roman East

    'Even before the empire split into two separate halves, the Augusti in the East had to contend with devastating Gothic raids and near-constant wars with the Sasanian Empire.'
     

    The team discuss issue XVI.3 of the magazine Goths, Sasanids and Romans: The Roman Empire in the East at bay.
     
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    • 45 min
    Why Javelins?

    Why Javelins?

    Robert asks, 'Why javelins? It seems that a bow would be a much better weapon for a skirmish in the ancient world, but it seems that javeLin armed light troops may have been the most common type in Europe.
    Additionally, if using javelins, why not an atlatl to throw them with? This would make a difference in hitting a target, but one has to believe that range would be an important factor while skirmishing.'
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    • 10 min
    Large-Scale Experimental Archaeology

    Large-Scale Experimental Archaeology

    'Is there today or has there been anyone trying to conduct larger-scale experimental archaeology to try and answer some of the common questions about certain infantry tactics/tropes such as the othismos and open vs closed order legions?' 
    Murray tells us about experimental archaeology.
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    • 10 min
    The Last Documented Roman Legion

    The Last Documented Roman Legion

    Alex asks, 'When is the last documented evidence of one of the original Roman Legions being in existence?
    I remember reading about Legio V Macedonica being based in Egypt just before the Arab Conquests in the 640s, but I am unsure if this is factually correct'.
    Murray lists us the last documented evidence for the Legions.
     
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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

MikeHTheGamer ,

getting better and better

Been listening to this for a few years have often been frustrated by the audio quality, but recently this has improved and the last 2 podcast have been excellent from an audio perspective

The content of the podcasts is always interesting and the hosts all work well together to draw out the subject matter in each show, it’s well worth subscribing to in my view as its just gets better

Ian_Gardner ,

Geek out

This pod often goes well beyond my level of knowledge in this area. Love the enthusiasm the different contributors show. Particularly like how these historians are clear on their sources unlike some other shows.

Grognard 5419 ,

Quality Content

A podcast that starts from an assumption that you have a basic understanding of Ancient History and Warfare and carries on from there. The contributors generally know their stuff, but also are not afraid to say so when they don’t. I’ve followed this podcast for several years and it has gone from strength to strength. The conversation format works well, with only the occasional , understandable digression. The shorter answers format is a nice compliment to the longer in depth articles and has frequently piqued my interest to search further.

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