Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors, and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome

John Warry Phillip de ste. Croix


Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors, and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome

Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors, and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome

  • Title: Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors, and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome
  • Author: John Warry Phillip de ste. Croix
  • ISBN: 9780806127941
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback



This superbly illustrated volume traces the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 B.C and A.D 800, from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Ravenna and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire John Warry tells of an age of great military commanders such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar men whose feaThis superbly illustrated volume traces the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 B.C and A.D 800, from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Ravenna and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire John Warry tells of an age of great military commanders such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar men whose feats of generalship still provide material for discussion and admiration in the military academies of the world.The text is complemented by a running chronology, 16 maps, 50 newly researched battle plans and tactical diagrams, and 125 photographs, 65 of them in color.


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'Warfare in the Classical World' from John Warry is a useful reference volume for those who want to learn about the art of warfare used by the ancient Greek and Roman armies. By analyzing the major political events and battles from 1600 B.C. and 800 A.D. in an easy to refer chronological order it traces the evolution of the way war was fought right from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The book discusses the political backgrounds, history, soldiers [...]

If, in reading a passage of Greek or Roman history, you find yourself growing bored, chances are, it is because you do not really understand what was going on. While pages of troop movements and the names of officers might seem dull to you, I can assure that to some people, these things have meaning. In fact, they can be downright fascinating.In hopes of becoming more easily fascinated, I was glad to find an edition of this book came free with my burger at The Traveler (along with the Odes of Ho [...]

Mr. Warry has truly challenged my reviewing skills with this book. This book was wonderful to read, yet maddening in many ways. At times I wanted to throw the book over some seriously poor editing and spelling, yet would find pages of absolute brilliance that would make me want to add this book to my "Best Books" shelves and hand it 5 Stars. Frustrations will occur due to the nature of the book; it covers a large period of time so it can only bring into focus bits and pieces of what the author t [...]

a must have!

Not really an "encyclopedia", but the book does a decent enough job of covering some of the major eras, battles, and personalities of the classical period, even if a lot of major events are left out. The illustrations are quite good, and the descriptions of the battles are surprisingly cogent and easy to follow. My main complaint would be the relatively limited coverage. I would also note that this book was not particularly easy to read on a tablet, but I can't fault a book published in 1995 for [...]

Although it is called an "Encyclopedia," Warfare in the Classical World is set up in typical chronological fashion, covering the time period between the Bronze Age and the fall of the Western Roman Empire.Each chapter describes the ancient sources, and discusses major political events and battles. There are ample hand drawn illustrations of ancient warriors, photos of artifacts and depictions of battles, and maps of battles and wars. There is also a running timeline describing the major events. [...]

This book was so helpful and so interesting. My son said it looked like a textbook, and it is very unimpressive on the outside. But inside is a different story. It takes various different conflicts during the ancient world and breaks them down, with maps and charts of the battle plans, photos of what the area looks like today, statues showing what the main figures looked like, and illustrations of the ships, armor, and weapons involved. Then it details the action. I wasn't able to get through th [...]

The description of this book appended is accurate. This is indeed a readable, very condensed history of the ancient Graeco-Roman world which focuses on military technologies and practices. Each chapter focuses on a particular period and is usefully prefaced by a review of the classical sources. The deficits of the book are that it is very, very poorly edited--spelling mistakes abound--and lacks maps.

An illustrated encyclopaedia with no illustrations, spelling mistakes galore, and a fixation with the Roman Empire. On the surface, it sounds as though I completely detested this book. Nothing could be further from the truth. Concise summaries, useful insights, and an ability to look at the bigger picture, makes this a standout guide, if like me, you are a beginner to warfare in the classical world. Highly recommended.

A great overview of some of the key events, personalities, and military innovations spanning Troy through the declining Roman Empire. My copy was without illustrations, which would have undoubtedly added greatly to the depictions. On the editing side, more missed errors than I would expect from a published book, from spelling inconsistencies, to grammar, to words obviously omitted. Still, very educational and compelling for lovers of history.

book orginaisation is definately an issue here. The content is interesting, if a bit dated. The Angus McBride illustrations are good as always, and the book would be useful to someone interested in wargaming the eras covered. More detail would be required for someone intending to build a non-roman army based on the information provided.

I wish I could rate it more highly, but the book is just too uneven. Warry seems bored with subjects outside of the Roman Republic. While discussing The Illiad, he all but ignores other Bronze Age battles that we have far more information about. The shame is when this book is good, it is quite good.

I can see why students of history like Keely would appreciate this book, and clearly I should have had it at hand when I read The Conquest of Gaul. But at present, I'm just skimming, examining the illustrationsa and reading some sections. This is a good reminder that we haven't changed much in the last couple of thousand years.

Thisbook is the best book on classical warfare I have ever read. It combines accurate illustrations with informative passages to create amazingly helpful explanations. It has given me a wealth of information on Greco-Roman warfare. It has been me main reference on cassical warfare since 2003.

There is a lot of information contained in this book. It is written and presnted in the same style as the Osprey Series of warfare books. The illustrations are wonderful and go along with the text in a clear, logical, and user-friendly manner.

Decent overview of warfare during Greek and Roman times. I made the mistake of getting the paperback version rather than the illustrated hardcover which mean none of the maps were included. I ended up having to go to the library

If you're interested in Persian, Greek, Thracian or Roman marshall history this is an easy to read and highly illustrated depiction of the armour, weaponry and lifestyle of the time

Explores the art of war in the ancient world of Greeks and Romans. Looks at the armies, equipment, and tactics of these empires. This is a decent synopsis of war in the Classical Period.

Art of warfare between 1600 BC and AD 800. Tactics and strategy of the Greeks, Romans and their enemies.

Lots of pretty pictures!

I found this really helpful as a writer because it gave me detail that I needed to create my own fantasy worlds. It would probably be of even more use to historical fiction writers.

Read most of it and skimmed the rest for a school text book. I was in love with the detailed illustrations and the intricate battle plans. Definitely a must read for any student of ancient history.

Actually read this one as a direct result of seeing the 300. Good stuff if you're a history buff.


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