Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds, a Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31BC from the Historians of the Ancient World

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The author has brought together the works of ancient historians and produced an impressive compendium that is both exciting and vivid. There is humour and candour and the chronological order of the battles will be a great help to those embarking on a study of ancient warfare and politics. There is some very good illustration with maps and battle formations. Both land and sea battles are covered. This paints a full colour picture of ancient warfare and the result is excellent.

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NAME: Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds, a Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31BC from the Historians of the Ancient World
DATE: 140815
FILE: R2207
AUTHOR: John Droggo Montagu
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 256
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Ancient Greece, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, battles, locations, historians, maps, protagonists, politics
ISBN: 978-1-84832-790-0
IMAGE: B2207.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has brought together the works of ancient historians and produced an impressive compendium that is both exciting and vivid. There is humour and candour and the chronological order of the battles will be a great help to those embarking on a study of ancient warfare and politics. There is some very good illustration with maps and battle formations. Both land and sea battles are covered. This paints a full colour picture of ancient warfare and the result is excellent.

When schools taught Latin and Ancient Greek as primary subjects, the study of ancient history was a natural by-product. With the changes to curricula during the last fifty years, Latin and Ancient Greek have been languages that no longer had the same priority, giving way to modern languages and other subjects. That inevitably reduces the number of people studying ancient history and those that continued became reliant on the work of modern historians, writing in modern languages, That is a great shame because Greek and Roman history is vibrant and exciting. It is essentially a story of warfare and politics but there is nothing dry and dusty about it.

What the author has done very well is to combine histories written by ancient historians with modern research. The battles may be presented in chronological order, but there is a detailed index that enables the reader to chose where to start. As many will be using this book as a guide and context for other books, they will most probably start at one point in history and initially cover a relatively short period in Greek or Roman history. In that, this book will be a useful guide and reference. However, there is a strong case for starting with this book and reading through the order of battles to the final pages, turning the process around and then reading further about the periods that most interest.

Each battle is described and although the description is necessarily concise, it does provide a real flavour for each engagement. Its also fun to read, which adds to the argument that this is a good starting point and well worth reading from start to finish.

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