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.
Were there units recruited from a specific area in the Hellenistic period?
Josh sent this question in for Murray to ponder over. During the Roman period, we have evidence of reasonably specific units based on (original) area of recruitment. I was wondering if we have anything similar for the Hellenistic/Successor period. Outside of names that were originally geographic but likely became generic terms for a certain type of unit, do we know of any specific recruiting grounds for the innumerable phalangites, thureophoroi, etc. who fought for the Diadochoi?
The Batavian Revolt
Untaxed, but burdened by Rome's demands for ever more infantry and cavalry from their small tribe, the Batavians use the chaos of AD 69 to revolt. It would take the combined effort of nine legions to quell.
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How were Roman marines equipped, how did they fight?
Daniel asks, 'I was curious about Roman marines. I see them depicted in video games the same as a classic 1st century legionary, but with their red clothing and shield swapped out with blue. Did Marines fight, and were they equipped the same as a regular legionary soldier? Did they participate in land battles and were they seen as inferior or superior to the regular army? Did they have the same terms of service as their land bases counterparts?
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Could Alexander have convinced his men to head further into India?
Murray answers this question, sent in from Manvir. Could Alexander have convinced his men to head further into India? Was one reason for turning back the fear of facing elephants? Was this reflective of poor morale?'
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Did Ancient Armies wargame in any fashion we would recognize?
Jasper tackles this question from one of our patrons.
‘Did Ancient Armies wargame in any fashion we would recognize? Either in the armchair sense, or practically in the fields or on the seas? Did the Romans have wargames exercises to counter barbarian armies or Persian fleets?'
What is one battle where sources agree but you don't?
Thanks to Paul for sending this in, 'what is one battle where sources agree but you don't?' It is a great question and one we may revisit on a full episode of the podcast.
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
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.
Are you Communists ?
Peter’s Projection is a land area map, Mercator designed his map for navigation, not to assert ‘white supremacy’
How can you make programs on war when you are obviously Communist apologists ?
Why don’t you switch to cooking, or maybe infant nursing ? Then you wouldn’t have to twist your brains in an effort to ingratiate yourself with feminists and beta males whom abhor
War & Men
I will continue to listen, but please, there is nothing to be ashamed of about this subject,
Stop inventing reasons for women and immigrants to be offended, & if they are, is their compliant even valid . . .
“Oh look, there’s a clever man, let’s all be deliberately nasty to him”