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
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. M.A.

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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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