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Theme suggestions

How is it June already? I'm going to have to pin down the actual tenth anniversary of Ancient Warfare, but in the meantime: themes! If you've followed this magazine for a while, you know we always ask for suggestions.

In years gone by, we would then make a selection and let the readership vote. I certainly don't begrudge you your opportunity to make your opinions known, but we won't have a vote this year. Consider it an experiment, though of course I'll certainly be eager to hear your choices for themes. What should be added to the editorial plan?

33 thoughts on “Theme suggestions”

  • Pierre Guirguis
    Pierre Guirguis June 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Hey guys,

    I have a few suggestions for themes. Steppe Warriors of Antiquity; Late Sassanid Warfare; or the Huns.

  • Jeremiah Leavell
    Jeremiah Leavell June 2, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Well if it hasn't been done already Rome's Greek campaigns would be cool. I've always wanted to see the aging ancient world power of Greece versus the upcoming power Rome, particularly Rome versus Sparta!

  • Tomáš Kulla
    Tomáš Kulla June 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

    At the edge of the world: the Greco-Bactrian kingdom

    • Jasper Oorthuys
      Jasper Oorthuys June 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Hi Tomáš
      I'm already trying to figure out if an issue about that topic would be doable to the standards of Ancient Warfare. That is an absolute requirement though.

      • Michael Park

        Yes. Not a period replete with fulsome documentation. "A reading from the Book of Numismatics"....

  • Alberto

    A few ideas: Roman Auxilia, Etruscans, Stilicho, Persian Wars, Alexander the Great and for diachronical theme ancient armour

  • François

    here are some suggestions : the social war; the illyrian campaigns at the time of augustus; the gallic wars; the huns; alexander the great campaigns ; the third punic war; marcus antonius as a general etc....

  • Pavel Šimák
    Pavel Šimák June 3, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hello there,
    ...this was recently planned by me to be posted in FB version of RAT but since readers were so directly asked to put ideas here I will post my current ideas here in simpler version(that more complex will be posted sometimes later at RAT).So:

    -Campaigns of Julian("The Apostate"...which is a famous nickname I hate to use but can understand to be used by you)

    -Phillip II of Macedon(Obviously it would be focused on military activities of Phillip)

    -Alexander the Great(The same as for his father.It seems shocking to me that AW exists for almost 8 years but surprisingly not a single issue was devoted directly to Alexander himself,just various standalone articles connected to his campaigns scattered in various issues during those years).

    -Invasion of Brittania(Would be focused on actual Claudian invasion as well as on initial years and campaigns in Britain following it lets say up to the very end of the 1st century?There could also be an article on Julius Caesar British adventures)

    -Romano-Germanic wars 1st century

    -Roman-Germanic wars 3-6th century

    -Roman army in Africa(A lot was written about Roman army in Britain,on the Danube and Rhine and even on that in Asia minor and Syria but little focus is usually given to Roman North africa.Although region was relatively peacefull a lot of action took place also there during those centuries.I can imagine articles on the evidence for the Roman army and its appearance there as well as on the history of revolt breaking and infinitive wars with desert tribes from the end of the 3rd Punic war to Vandal Kingdom and perhaps even little beyond it until Arab Conquest?Ok that could be a subject for MW as well.

  • Jamison

    Stilicho; Nearchus' Voyage/Alexander's Navy; Campaigns of Majorian; Sextus Pompeius

    • Ray Devlin

      "Nearchus' Voyage/Alexander's Navy"

      This would be fascinating. I would also like to see a commentary on David Adam's documentary "Alexander's Lost World" in which he proposes a now lost sailing route between the Black and Caspian seas.

  • Ed Archer

    How about the story of the Romans in Scotland in the fourth century - the story of the province of Valentia.
    Justinian and the revival of the Roman Empire
    The Break away of Britannia under Carausius and Allectus
    The Byzantines in Crimea

  • joseph

    Good evening,
    An interesting idea would be ancient Arabia before the advent of Islam. The interactions of the people from Arabia fighting with Rome and Persia.

  • Michael Park

    Perhaps the Spartan Hegemony Jasper? We've done the Thebans after all.

  • Peggy K.

    How about a deep dive into The Social War of 91-88 BC in Italy? Also, any investigation of the Latin communities and peoples the Romans interacted with, particularly the Samnites.

    • Jasper Oorthuys
      Jasper Oorthuys June 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Peggy,
      Have you seen Ancient Warfare XI.2 (the very latest), VII.3 and IV.1? (but I like the Social war idea)

  • MartinK


    Here my suggestions:

    Minoan and Mycenaean world (in different issues)
    3rd Punic War and 2nd Punic War (beyond the issue III.4) (in different issues aswell).
    Although not directly a warfare theme, what about Gladiators?
    The conquest of Britain by Claudius
    A new issue (beyon II.4) about Caesar's conquest of the Gaul.

    Thanks for the option to propose!


  • Richard Harper
    Richard Harper June 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Here are some ideas:
    Early Mesopotamian Warfare (Sumerian, Akkadian, Elamites etc)
    Hittite conquest of Anatolia
    Thutmose III
    Early Assyrians (rather than the more famous ones)
    The Hurrians and the Mitanni
    From battle carts to chariots?

    • Happy Wanderer
      Happy Wanderer June 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Totally agree Richard,

      It'd be good to get some non Greco-Roman focus and have a solid look at the Wars of Sumer and Egypt.


  • Abel R. Santos
    Abel R. Santos June 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    IBERIA ??
    Tartessus, Viriathus, Sertório etc etc

  • Justin Tebo

    Achaean League.
    Attalid dynasty.

  • Noel Luff

    Ancient India

  • Ed Palao

    Hadrian's Wall-Construction, troops, soldier daily life, vicus life.

  • joseph

    The study of the warfare of ancient India or the Inca would be new and great to explore.

  • Christopher K. Coleman
    Christopher K. Coleman June 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

    How about an issue on Late Roman/Early Medieval Naval Warfare? One's first reaction to this topic may be: "what naval warfare?" But in fact, with the decline of the Roman Empire in the West and the growth of Barbarian and Post-Roman states, the Mediterranean was no longer the Mare Nostrum it had been. To the north, Picts, Scotti, and "Saxons" (north German coastal tribes) grew bolder; then there is the utterly ignored issue of a BRITISH navy in the post Roman era (which Vegetius mentions very briefly). Granted, the subject of late 4th-late 6th century navies is a very difficult topic to cover. But it is a topic which has been woefully neglected and I think you could do a real service just by starting the discussion; your authors may come up with erroneous conclusions, but at least it would begin the dialog. If you need some leads, I would be glad to provide some suggestions. Chris Coleman.

  • Pavel Šimák
    Pavel Šimák June 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I forgot to add this into my proposals:The Praetorian guard!

    ...Feel free to merge this proposal with my previous ones if needed .-)

  • Marcus Audens

    My interests are essentially in the military aspect of Roman History, so, I would like to see an article on the evolution of the plumata, it's construction, and use in the field. The short comment an pictures of the weapon that I currently have, has raised my interest in creating a model or models for display in coming local 'Roman Days,' meet-ups in the coming year!

    • Jasper Oorthuys
      Jasper Oorthuys June 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Plumata as in lorica plumata, or the plumbata? We've had articles on those before:

  • Michael Hafer
    Michael Hafer June 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Han China
    - Unifying 18 Kingdoms
    - The Xiongnu: Nemesis from the Steppes
    - Army organization: Northern Army / Southern Army
    - The Western Regions: Conquering the City-States of the Tarim Basin
    - The Chinese Crossbow
    - Rebellion and Civil War

  • Ray Devlin

    Excuse my ignorance if such an AW issue already exists -- how the Barcas' forged a new empire for Carthage in Iberia (and a new "weapon" to destroy Rome ;) ) ?

    1. Background: Carthage losing First Punic War and Rome's perceived betrayal by seizing Sardinia; Hamilcar Barca's psychology and its bearing (if any) on subsequent events.

    2. Iberian warrior cultures and topography before Carthaginian expansion

    3. Carthage's forces in Iberia and tactics, including storming strongholds; divide and conquer diplomacy?

    4. Forging Rome's nemesis -- a Hellenistic education way out East?

    5. Hannibal's first battle (River Tagus?)

    6. Off-topic topic: when oh when the Romans start using their iconic short sword? :P

  • Ray Devlin

    Aha! I found your "Barcids at War" issue...but that seems to cover the Second Punic War, really ;). So give the Punics a break and show them at the best in Iberia, just before the fall.

  • Stefano

    Dear editor,
    My suggestion is Sardinian war against Rome: Ampsicora, who was , the battle against the romans and the connections with carthaginians

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