The Great Armies of Antiquity

The Great Armies of Antiquity

by Richard A. Gabriel


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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


•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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275978099
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2002
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 675,889
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents



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



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