The Great Armies of Antiquity

The Great Armies of Antiquity


By (author) Richard A. Gabriel, Foreword by J.Boone Bartholomees

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  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 247mm x 26mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0275978095
  • ISBN 13: 9780275978099
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 746,867

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Gabriel examines 18 ancient army systems, examining the organizational structure and weapons employed and the degree to which cultural values and imperatives shaped the form and application of military force. The tactical doctrines and specific operational capabilities of each army are analyzed to explain how certain technical limitations and societal/cultural imperatives affected the operational capabilities of ancient armies. Cross-cultural and cross-historical connections ground the analysis in the larger historical context of the ancient world. *Sumer and Akkad *The Armies of the Pharaohs *The Hittites *The Mitanni *Armies of the Bible *The Iron Army of Assyria *Chinese Armies *Persia and the Art of Logistics *The Greeks *Carthaginian Armies *Armies of India *Rome *The Iberians, Celts, Germans, and Goths *The Army of Byzantium *The Vikings *The Arab Armies *The Japanese Way of War *The Mongols *The Ottomans This book also provides an introductory overview of war in the ancient world, from 2500 B.C.E. to 1453 C.E., as well as an examination of the evolution of modern warfare from 1453 to 2002 C.E.

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Author information

Richard A. Gabriel is a military historian and Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Ethics at Daniel Webster College. His most recent book is Great Captains of Antiquity (Greenwood, 2000).

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?[A] fascinating and superbly presented documentary showcasing eighteen ancient army systems ranging from Sumer and Akkad, to the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Mongols, and Japanese....A fact-filled, strictly logical analysis packed with amazing military history and insights from the ancient world, The Great Armies of Antiquity is a seminal and inherently fascinating history. Also very highly recommended is Professor Gabriel's early work: Great Captains of Antiquity.?-The Midwest Book Review

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; War in the Ancient World; The World's First Armies, Sumer, and Akkad; The Armies of the Pharaohs; The Hittites and Iron Weapons; The Mitanni and the War Chariot; The Armies of the Bible; The Iron Army of Assyria; Chinese Armies: The Shang and Zhou Periods; Persia and the Art of Logistics; The Greek Way of War: Classical and Imperial Periods; Carthaginian Armies; Armies of India: Vedic and Imperial Periods; Rome: The Armies of the Caesars; Barbarian Armies: Iberians, Gauls, Germans, and Goths; The Army of Byzantium; The Vikings: Raiders from the Open Sea; The Arab Armies; The Japanese Way of War; The Mongols; The Ottomans; The Evolution of Modern War; Bibliography; Index.