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    Fancy a spot of entertainment? You might sit back on a sofa to watch television, perhaps a DVD, or maybe you throw caution to the winds and head toward the local cinema for the big screen experience. The latest 'sword & sandals' epic might be the one to watch.


    Drama, tragedy, slow motion action, and a glorious festival of special effects to drop your jaw as the battle sequence unfolds in deafening bloody violence. But hang on a minute - Was that really how they fought? Did they really use weapons like that? Was that what the well dressed ancient warrior actually wore?


    ...continue to the full review of Swords And Cinema by Jeremiah McCall

    Stephen Mitchell, an Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy, provides an exceptionally clear and detailed account both of the march of events and of the structures of the Empire from the accession of the emperor Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641, using the latest scholarship to reveal the massive political and military transformations in Rome’s western and eastern empires that led to its decline and gave way to the emergence of medieval and modern Europe and the Islamic world.
    It is an excellent reference work containing everything necessary for understanding and initiating research into late antiquity, considering the sources for the period. It includes chronological tables, maps, and charts of important information help to orient the reader...
    ...continue to the full review of A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641 by Stephen Mitchel
    Delphi was one of the Pan-Hellenic sanctuaries of ancient Greece. It was dedicated to the god Apollo and famous, from an early period onwards, for the Pythia or oracle, a priestess who gave prophesies supposedly transmitted to her directly from the god himself. The site possesses remains of a number of temples, treasuries, a stadium, and other structures. Delphi was considered the centre of the Classical world: visitors to the museum on the site will be able to see the omphalos, a large worked stone that represents the ‘navel’ of the world. Due to its importance, much has been written about Delphi. In the book under review, Michael Scott presents a narrative history of the site and the sanctuary...
    ...continue to the full review of Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World by Michael Scott
    In 2011, it was exactly 2500 years ago that the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) was fought. In this battle, the army of the Athenians defeated the larger army of the Persian Empire on the field near the village of Marathon. The battle plays an important part in the story of the wars between the Greeks and Persians of the first quarter of the fifth century BC. As a result, much has been written about it. In this article Ancient Warfare magazine editor Josho Brouwers reviews, as concisely as possible, five books that have appeared on the subject since 2011.
    These are: Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization (2010) by Richard A. Billows, The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization (2011) by James Lacey, Marathon: The Battle and the Ancient Deme (2010) edited by Kostas Buraselis and Katerina Meidani, The Battle of Marathon (2010) by Peter Krentz, and The Battle of Marathon in Scholarship: Research, Theories and Controversies since 1850 (2014) by Dennis L. Fink...
    ....continue to the five reviews on the Battle of Marathon
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    The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is composed of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The Aeneid can be divided into two halves based on the disparate subject matter of Books 1–6 (Aeneas's journey to Latium in Italy) and Books 7–12 (the war in Latium). These two halves are commonly regarded as reflecting Virgil's ambition to rival Homer by treating both the Odyssey's wandering theme and the Iliad's warfare themes
    Henchmen of Ares by Josho Brouwers
    Book Review by Philip Matyszak
    The warrior-heroes of the Homeric epics and the Greek hoplites of the Persian wars were very different military types. Achilles at Troy had very little in common with Militades at Marathon, either in his social outlook or his military equipment and style of fighting. This book is essentially the story of how warfare in Greece evolved from Achilles to Militades over the seven hundred or so years between the fall of Troy (circa 1250 BC) and the rise of the Athenian empire (490 BC)...
    ...continue to the full review of Henchmen of Ares: Warriors and Warfare in Early Greece by Josho Brouwers
    Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City by Michael Seymour
    Review by Alistair Forrest
    Archaeology uncovers layers of history in time and space. Seymour’s “excavation” has given us so many more layers, not just the physical and the cultural, but the very ideas of “Babylon” formed in the minds of the great, the good and the infamous in a timeline spanning four millennia...
    ...continue to the full review of Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City by Michael Seymour
    Both the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of the successor ‘Barbarian Kingdoms’ have been the subject of much scholarly debate. However, this has tended to focus on the political events at the highest levels. A subject that has received far less attention is the reaction of the ‘Romans’ living in the new kingdoms to their loss of Roman status, and how their self-identities changed to meet the demands of a new world. ‘Post-Roman Traditions’ contains twelve papers, each dealing with the self-perception and fluidity of identity of individuals in a world where changing political boundaries and affiliations were the norm...
    continue to the full review of Post-Roman Transitions by Walter Pohl and Gerda Heydemann
    Imagine yourself two thousand years in the future, looking back to the twenty-first century as a student. Given how little information survives that length of time, and how difficult it is to preserve the digital information we rely on nowadays, what would a student of the future think of us? Now that we live in what might easily become a "2nd Dark Age" in two millenia, what conclusions would we derive from scraps of archeology and history? A porno DVD? One of those explicit scrawlings on the wall of a factory urinal? A grim warning in a newspaper about STDs? Anyone would think we were all obsessed with sex...
    ...continue to the full review of Rome the Perverts Delight by Joe Medhurst
    Tim Copeland is no stranger to publishing. He has authored a few dozen pamphlets and books on a variety of archeological subjects within Britain and Wales that range in size from two to 200 pages. He taught archeology at the University of Bristol and Gloucestershire and served as Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Heritage Committee and Council for British Archeological Education Committee. Britain, Scotland, and Wales provided a rich and abundant treasure trove for Roman archeologists and enthusiasts. These areas were occupied for over 300 years by Romans and their non-Roman Auxiliaries. Scotland had a Roman presence from 71 AD to 213 AD, Britain from 43 AD to 409 AD, and Wales from 48 AD to 383 AD. Scattered throughout the countryside are hundreds of Legionary Marching Camps, Legionary Forts, Vexillation forts (part of a Legion), Auxiliary forts, and fortlets....
    ...continue to read the full review of Life in a Roman Legionary Fortress by Tim Copeland
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