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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.

    Warriors on Wheels: Chariot Warfare in Antiquity

    Warriors on Wheels: Chariot Warfare in Antiquity

    Until the arrival of the chariot, warfare had been an exclusively infantry-based affair. Its invention introduced a new dynamic to the battlefield that shaped warfare for two millennia.

    The team discuss Ancient Warfare Magazine XIII-4.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The role of contests and rituals in ancient battle

    The role of contests and rituals in ancient battle

    With Jasper away, Murray is MC for this episode of the Ancient Warfare Magazine Podcast. He is joined by Marc Marc DeSantis, Mark McCaffery and Lindsay Powell.

    Taking listener questions they discuss the role of contests and rituals in ancient battles.

    • 57 min
    The Rise of Septimius Severus

    The Rise of Septimius Severus

    The team are back to discuss Ancient Warfare Magazine XIII.3 The Rise of Septimius Severus.

    'Septimius Severus, also known as Severus, was Roman emperor from 193 to 211. He was born in Leptis Magna in the Roman province of Africa. As a young man he advanced through the customary succession of offices under the reigns of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. Severus seized power after the death of Emperor Pertinax in 193 during the Year of the Five Emperors.'

    • 55 min
    Experimental archeology and Re-enactment

    Experimental archeology and Re-enactment

    This time the team are discussing a topic suggested by one of our patrons, they talk over the the pro's and con's of experimental archeology and re-enactment in respect to ancient warfare. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The role of geography in ancient warfare

    The role of geography in ancient warfare

    'Natural and man-made geography exerts its influence on warfare, determining the passage of whole armies and fleets, sometimes allowing a single soldier to hold up an entire host.'

    The team discuss Ancient Warfare Magazine XIII.2 'Hunting for good ground: The role of geography in warfare'.

    • 58 min
    Ancient Warfare tropes

    Ancient Warfare tropes

    We're back with another Ancient Warfare podcast. In this episode we're going to be discussing tropes; what we know, what we thing we know and where it all goes wrong!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

Jbbmiller ,

Enjoying so far but should be called Ancient WESTERN Warfare

I’m giving this 4 stars since it’s right up my alley and I’m enjoying what I’ve listened to so far. But in truth while the information and guests are of high quality, it is certainly almost entirely western focused and even quite Mediterranean centered.

For instance, the latest episode on ancient mounted warfare (I did now hear mention of this in the older podcast, episode 31 I believe) mention nothing about the use of ridden horses and mounted warfare in the steppes as early as 4000 BC, choosing to begin with the adoption in the world sphere of the Classics around 900 BC. Or when discussing the chariots there’s no mention of the Shang dynasty’s use of them at the same early times. Large Covered ones that acted as mobile missile forts for multiple soldiers. Nor mention of the cataphracts, which dominated many battlefields and destroyed the Romans in their largest war with the Sassanids (and eventually gave rise to the primary battle unit of the Byzantines).

Also the discussion of Elephants is far too dismissive, and doesn’t even mention the one place where 90+% of all elephant warfare took place... India! (Oh and to knit pick, the Carthaginians used the now extinct North African elephant, not the forest, and they were one of Hannibal’s most decisive units at Trebia, even if they died shortly afterwards... and he brought them because they WERE so effective in Pyrrhus’ campaign).

But I do like it and I’m going to keep listening, just with this one grain of salt.

Nick37282839 ,

Great podcast

Very informative, to the point but the sound quality is sometimes overlooked.

Fool'sGoldfinch ,

Fusty Fun

A little awkward, and not over produced, the Ancient Warfare podcast more than makes up for its faults with the charming enthusiasm and anecdotes of its hosts. The crew are generally well informed, and while not opposed to repeating a point, bring up fresh perspectives on the realities of the ancient battlefield.

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