Need some book advices

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Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:14 am

I have to say that my library is rather empty about Ancient Warfare, at the moment I only own the following books:

Roman Warfare by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Peloponnesian War 431–404 BC by Philip de Souza
Byzantium at War by John Haldon

Do you have other suggestions? I am interested in all topics but not fiction.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by stockwellpete » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:18 am

Warfare in the Ancient World by Brian Todd Carey et al. They also did a book on Medieval Warfare.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:07 pm

stockwellpete wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:18 am
Warfare in the Ancient World by Brian Todd Carey et al. They also did a book on Medieval Warfare.
Thanks, added to basket :)

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by Gaznak » Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:53 pm

Routledge has a nice compiled source book called Greek and Roman Military Writers, put together by Brian Cambell.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by pinwolf » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:09 pm

look at this older thread with some more suggestions:
viewtopic.php?f=477&t=85174

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by SnuggleBunnies » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:12 pm

Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities by Hans van Wees. I don't necessarily agree with every conclusion he comes to, but it's a refreshing look at the topic.

And of course you can't go wrong with Thucydides.
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Re: Need some book advices

Post by pinwolf » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:33 pm

Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World by Myke Cole

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by GeneralKostas » Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:50 pm

Fighting techniques of the ancient world 3000 BC - AD 500 by Simon Anglim, Phyllis G. Jestice, Rob S. Rice, Scott M. Rusch, John Serrati
Amber Books Ltd, London 2002

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:49 pm

Thanks to all!

Lot of suggestions, some books are hard to find (in Italy) or too expensive (I prefer the old paper), at the moment my basket includes:

The Art of War in the Western World di Archer Jones
Legion Versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World di Myke Cole
Warfare in the Ancient World di Brian Todd Carey

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by MVP7 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:12 pm

Good picks. Personally I'd read Brian Todd Carey's Warfare in the Ancient World first as it will provide a good overview and basis for more specific books like the Legion Versus Phalanx.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by melm » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:24 am

I recommend to read Roman military manuals by Vegetius, Maurice, Nikephoros Phokas II and Leo VI. Plus the works by ancient historians or chroniclers.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:09 pm

Thank you guys for your suggestions.

Btw, what about the Osprey series books? Usually they are good but I don't have any for this age.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by General Shapur » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:06 pm

pinwolf wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World by Myke Cole
second that - the principles here work in the game too. Fun read as well
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Re: Need some book advices

Post by pinwolf » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:00 am

ShahMat wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:09 pm
...what about the Osprey series books?
Nothing wrong about them. But they are always specialized on a single narrow topic.
You would have to invest some nice sum, just to have all about some broad subject like Rome, Greek, Carthage etc.

I suggest to buy the DVD with Slingshot back issues from 1965-2015 instead:
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/slingshot-back-issues

This will give you stuff to read for years.
---
Index of Slingshot topics 1965-2010:
-> http://soa.org.uk/downloads/files/Sling ... 2010-1.pdf

Some sample articles as free download pdf:
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/downloads

If you join the Society of Ancients you get 6x latest issue of Slingshot for £27. Then you have to renew your memebership for the next six. And so on.
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/store

The SoA forum is also a nice place for just 'reading around':
http://soa.org.uk/sm/

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:13 am

Wow, lot of stuff!
Thanks

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by Jagger2002 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:34 pm

Osprey does have a sale going on through end of May. 45% off ebooks, 30% off print books and 20% off games on it appears almost everything. They do have some pretty interesting books on both medieval and ancients and the sale makes them a bit more affordable.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by ShahMat » Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:46 pm

Given that I prefer the books, 30% off is a good deal!
Legion Versus Phalanx was already on my list, thinking about the Campaign and Combat series.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by Athos1660 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:29 pm

Free temporary access to all the Issues of the Archaeology Magazine from 1948 to 2020.
In the May/june 2020 issue : "Weapons of the Ancient World".

https://www.nxtbook.com/projects/archaeology/index.php
https://www.archaeology.org

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by pinwolf » Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:33 pm

Nice find.

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Re: Need some book advices

Post by UrbanKelly » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:47 am

pinwolf wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:00 am
ShahMat wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:09 pm
...what about the Osprey series books?
Nothing wrong about them. But they are always specialized on a single narrow topic.
You would have to invest some nice sum, just to have all about some broad subject like Rome, Greek, Carthage etc.

I suggest to buy the DVD with Slingshot back issues from 1965-2015 instead:
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/slingshot-back-issues

This will give you stuff to read for years.
---
Index of Slingshot topics 1965-2010:
-> http://soa.org.uk/downloads/files/Sling ... 2010-1.pdf

Some sample articles as free download pdf:
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/downloads

In addition to book tips, I also want to advise you on a very high quality service that helps students write academic essays or other types of work https://uk.edubirdie.com I hope this will be useful for you.

If you join the Society of Ancients you get 6x latest issue of Slingshot for £27. Then you have to renew your memebership for the next six. And so on.
-> http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/store

The SoA forum is also a nice place for just 'reading around':
http://soa.org.uk/sm/
Thank you so much for the advices, important for me!
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