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Editorial plan updated

Absolutely, it was high time I updated the editorial plan and thank you so much for all the suggestions. I truly enjoy hearing what topics you'd like to read about, even if those topics are sometimes almost impossible. Please feel free to submit proposals for the themes that made it, as well as those that didn't. I'm sure you noticed I've been trying to make more space for articles outside the theme. We're always trying to make sure there's something interesting to read, even if the theme is not your primary interest. Looking at the themes below, that means you, Greek warfare specialists!

We're already had themes for the first two upcoming issues, but because I need to catch up some time (just never move office, not a good idea!), I've switched them around.

Volume XIII will start off with 'Tarentines and Epirotes 335 - 275 BC'. I've already received several proposals that would fit the theme and I have to admit I'm getting more and more fascinated by the earlier history of Rome myself. Sure, the focus is on southern Italy, but the growing power to the north is going to get involved. We've looked at Pyrrhus before, but there's certainly more to say about him and his countrymen.

Issue XIII.2, the first of several more general themes in this Volume, will look at the influence of geography on warfare. I can imagine articles on the many battles at Thermopylae, on the interplay of geography and strategy, or the use of geography in battle to attain a crucial advantage.

The next issue, XIII.3, will look at the rise of Septimius Severus. It seems he's gone quietly under the radar for the past 12-odd years, so it's high time we studied the emperor who admonished his sons from his deathbed to take care of the soldiery if nothing else!

XIII.4 will range wide again, to discuss the role of chariots in, and around warfare. Apart from an in-depth look at their effect (or lack thereof) on the battlefield, so many ancient cultures used these vehicles that there's plenty to fill an issue with.

Trust a former Ancient Warfare intern to come up with an original idea. Hellenistic Asia Minor - which will undoubtedly be focused on Pergamon and its surroundings - should be fascinating in issue XIII.5. We can go from rampaging Gauls to the peaceful handover to Rome as part of its last ruler. I look forward to this topic already!

Early imperial Rome can never get enough attention as far as I'm concerned. That's not just because I'm a fan, but for the simple reason that there is just so much more to say. The emperor Claudius should make for a great topic. Obviously there's the invasion of Britannia to consider, but there's enough evidence to suggest he's the one who fortified the Rhine border and reform the army. So that's XIII.6.

As a bonus, I also decided on the first issue of Volume XIV. So many suggestions came down to 'mercenaries' one way or another that I decided it's time for a do-over of III.1. There's more to say, after all...

So, there it is. Hope that's appealing! Again, if you'd like to discuss a proposal, I'd love to hear from you. And if these topics caught your interest, why not subscribe?

9 thoughts on “Editorial plan updated”

  • Louis Dorse

    Thanks for the change of pace. How about something on ancient Chinese warfare? You totally neglect the far east. The Chinese had a number of different tactical formations such as "The Scorpion"and intricate box formations.

  • Ruth Jones

    How about greek /macedionian artillery,excellent magazine.

  • Pavel Vaverka

    What about Indian warfare 6th-1st CE BC? Indians had sophisticated warfare, tactical formations. Or what about something from Egyptian warfare 10th-4th CE B? These themes are omitted, I hope, there is some usable material for them.

  • George Tuck Pittman
    George Tuck Pittman November 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Possible Article Suggestions as follows: -in depth look at exotic libations to the gods as Aristander performing before Issus and Tyre to 'capture' favorable omens from the gods, also the speeches and their 'powerful effect' on the men i.e. Xenophon's speechs on the return of the 10,000- you have done Hollywood movies, how about an article on the filming and preparation of 'Gladiator' with Russell Crow c-2000-indepth studies of educational subjects as when Aristotle taught at Mieza Alexander and his fellow pupils, how each day went- in depth study of say what was the character of a Scipio Afracannus as a child and adult i.e. what was it about them that separated them from the 'regular' man that would cause them to be singled out for 'Greatness'- "I am very interested in 'Leadership Qualities' of what is it that separates men from the regular rank and file??? and of note, I VERY MUCH enjoyed the article in AW about 'trinkets' that men would wear to bring them good luck as I had a friend in the 60s who had a 'Rabbit's Foot' attached to his key chain like NOW, I have a 'Key Chain' that has a copy of ATGreat with the horns of Ammon on one side and the Macedonian starburst on the other side. Thank you, GTP

  • Anthony Walker

    It is great to see some focus on geography effecting warfare.

    This could be done at 3 levels equating to the current western military terms of Tactical, Operational and Strategic, noting that at the time of the studied battle, and the protagonists involved, some or all of the levels may be irrelevant to the actual sides involved ie they may not have thought in these terms.

    Tactical - the immediate battlefield and surrounding terrain, including the weather and time of day. A good example is Thermopylae, a pass with steep hills on one side and the sea on the other. A tactical look at terrain could also address how the immediate terrain affected the type of forces involved ie was visibility restricted or cavalry movement limited etc. If the information is available there could also be discussion how the terrain has changed over time

    Operational - This is usually more focused on the campaign level and may link one or more battles together. For example a certain fort/city my have to be taken to open up access to a subsequent objective. Again due to terrain and modes of transport available these may repeatedly occur in certain areas. Weather can also play a significant factor in a campaign with the terrain potentially being affected by season ie swollen rivers, availability of crops to plunder etc

    Strategic - This usually looks more at broader political or economic factors. For example there are certain geographic areas that for prolonged periods of time were located on key areas for a variety of reasons. These were often linked to the broader terrain of a region ie a natural maneuver corridor or trade route, and linked to the mode of transport available at the time ie the middle east/current Israel sits astride a trade route that links east and west prior to effective navigation of cape Horn and maritime technology got shipping to the point where Cape Horn was able to be navigated with greater chance of survival/success. Alternatively a river may have strategic importance such as the Nile which linked key regions of Egyptian empires, allowed trade etc.

    As a result of this there can be a preponderance of battles fought within a small geographic area and over a prolonged period of time. Within this key terrain there is likely to be a number of suitable battlefields that would have been used over and over as different factions/empires warred for economic/strategic control of the key area.

    Anyway I hope some of this helps



  • John M

    I would love to see simultaneous issues of all the magazines that address the same topic for optionally the same period.
    Varying perspective would be interesting.

  • Yves Martin

    Hi Jasper;
    what about queen Zenobia and the Palmyrians. I was excited about that one, It does not seem to be in the lineup any more. Is it postponed or cancelled?
    Thank you

    • Jasper Oorthuys
      Jasper Oorthuys January 3, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Yves,
      It's not cancelled, but I've got to get my references and authors together to a point where I am certain I can deliver what the readers deserve. It'll probably appear again in volume XIV.

      • Mark Streeter

        Hi Jasper,

        Really glad to hear that the Zenobia issue is still planned as I am really looking forward to that issue....

        I'm also very happy that Chariot Warfare is soon to be covered, as that era of Ancient Warfare, Hittites, Egyptians, Assyrians and the mysterious Sea Peoples, is one that always fascinates me.....(particularly given the many questions over chariot use) probably due to Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Trojan War' and the Robert Drews book on the end of the Bronze Age.....

        Keep up the great work and thanks to all involved.

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