Ancient Warfare Blog

  • Podcast episode 93: Experimental archaeology and reenactment

    In this episode, the team discusses the benefits, downsides, biases and other features of experimental and archaeology. Does it help us understand how ancient soldiers... Read more
  • Ancients wargaming - attempt 328

    I'm not exactly sure why, but my optimistically announced reboot of ancients wargaming seems to have taken the 'failboat' into the sunset. I could blame Guy for running from one wargaming project to another. Read more
  • Podcast episode 92: geography in warfare

    Ancient Warfare podcast episodes this month are, apparently, like those proverbial buses: none for a while and then two come together. In the latest episode... Read more
  • Podcast episode 91: Tropes!

    A huge number of tropes about the ancient world float around in our collective consciences. This episode, the full podcast team, Myke Cole, Murray Dahm... Read more
  • An ode to helmets

    Negau helmet, now in Berlin I'm not an archaeologist - trained as a historian instead - but somehow my thoughts easily turn to material culture... Read more
  • Tombstone details

    Caius Romanius, now in the Mittelrheinisches Landesmuseum, Mainz. (c) Livius.org We've discussed Roman military tombstones before. Their quantity and often formulaic text make them an... Read more
  • Podcast episode 90: Hired help from overseas

    Pyrrhus is endlessly fascinating, but the Epirote warlord was not the first to cross the Adriatic on request of Tarentum. Join the Ancient Warfare podcast... Read more
  • The Imperial Gallic I helmet

    At the end of the Imperial Gallic series of helmet types (a.k.a. Weisenau-type, in the continental style), there's a small set of copper-alloy helmets. H.Russell... Read more
  • Convoluted names

    (warning: serious chance of "Well, actually..." pedantry ahead) Gladiator, warts and all, is one of my favourite movies. I probably owe it a debt of... Read more
  • Podcast episode 89: The Roman conquest of Spain (v2)

    It's a good thing there's much to say about the 200-year period of the Roman Conquest of Spain, as we accidentally discussed this old issue... Read more

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