Themes for Volume XII

Ten years of Ancient Warfare are in the bag and hopefully you agree we've celebrated that feat suitably with issue XI.3. Fun though it is to reminisce, the production cycle of doom never stops. So I've been poring over your suggestions and trying to come up with an attractive list of themes for Volume XII.

Since I can't blame the results on the votes of the readership, I thought I'd get moderately scientific, make a list of past themes and see what's been lacking. See the list below. Luckily, for future variety in Ancient Warfare, there are lots and lots of options still open. Besides, there are so many themes I'd like to re-visit...

Themes so far

The past 10-odd years, we've had regular and special issues with the following themes:

Ancient Warfare issueTheme
Vol I, 20071Agricola's campaigns
2Daily Life
3Arms and Armour
4Roman conquest of Spain
Vol II, 20081Light infantry
2Victory and Defeat
3Age of the Trireme
4Campaigns of Caesar
5Warfare in the Ancient Near East
6Third century Crisis
Vol III, 20091Mercenaries
2Early Successor Wars
3Classical heroes
4Barcids at War
5Rome versus Parthia
6Battlefield communications
SpecialThe Varian Disaster
Vol IV, 20101Before Rome ruled Italy
2Siege warfare
3Campaigns of Belisarius
4End of the Bronze Age Empires
5Warfare and religion
6Hellenistic kingdoms at war
SpecialCore of the Legion - the Roman centuria
Vol V, 20111Campaigns of Gaius Marius
3Rome and the Sassanid empire
4The Assyrian empire
5Fleets of the Roman empire
6Elite units of the Hellenistic era
SpecialThe Battle of Marathon
Vol VI, 20121Warfare in archaic Greece
2Trajan's Dacian Wars
3Cavalry in the ancient world
4Campaigns of Pyrrhus
5The armies of Diocletian
6Celts in the classical world
Vol VII, 20131Conflict in ancient Egypt
2Wars in ancient Sicily
3The early Roman Republic
4Logistics and the army train
5The march of the Ten Thousand
6Campaigns of Marcus Aurelius
Vol VIII, 20141Traitors in the ancient world
2Struggles of the Ionian Greeks
3Warriors of the Steppe
4The Seleucid empire
5Jewish revolts against Rome
6Roman conquest of Greece
Vol IX, 20151The fall of Rome
2The ascendancy of Thebes
3Hittites and their successors
4The first Punic War
5Warriors of the Hellenistic era
6The aftermath of battle
Vol X, 20161The Archidamian War
2Wars in Hellenistic Egypt
3The Mithridatic Wars
4Wars at the edge of empires
5Persian empires at war
6The Year of the Four Emperors
Vol XI, 20171Archery in the ancient world
2The Romans unite Italy
3Caesar and Pompey in the Balkans
4Ancient Israel at War
5Riding to war
6Queen Zenobia
Vol XII, 20181The Decelean War (sequel to X.1)
2Augustus' army
3The Thracians
4Armour in the ancient world
5Successors at Sea
6Crossing the Rhine - Germanic raiders
Vol XIII, 20191Auxiliaries, vassals and allies


Themes for 2018

Now obviously what I think is missing from this list, depends very much on my own preferences and biases. But a quick plot of those themes that have a clearly defined era, shows we've done much more in 'BC' than in 'AD' times. That makes a lot of sense: Hellenistic warfare is popular and so is the Roman Republic, to name just two reasons. And doh, obviously, there's a lot more history in the remit of Ancient Warfare before the Roman Imperial era.

On the other hand we know a lot more about that empire all by itself than just about anything else. There simply should be more to say about the army of the Caesars. Naval warfare, incidental articles aside, has really drawn the short straw with only two dedicated issues. And yet, there's much to do still in the Hellenistic era, in Greece and Roman Republican history. I don't think we'll venture into full themes outside the Mediterranean, but I'd welcome more proposals about the wider world. Please just make sure they fit the timeframe.

So what are the themes for Volume XII? Look up, they're already in the list. :-) Hope you like 'em!

6 thoughts on “Themes for Volume XII”

  • Brent Nielsen

    I want to thank Jasper, and co, for including the issues if AW, I missed after a neck injury and long invalid period caused a lapse in my subscription. Salve commilitones!

  • Tuck Pittman

    Jasper, Kudos to you and your fine staff. I really like AW. Your Magazine, and I even dislike calling AW a magazine as it is so much more than what is seen in/on Grocery stores shelves that we call Magazines. I hold AW in very high regards and so I want to call it a 'Brochure', a 'Study Brochure', but I think you see my point and with the lack of ads, this 'Publication' simply put, super stands out to me. Reason it is special to me is Harold Lamb's Alexander of Macedon during my fourth grade out on Bishop road during the year 1963-64, right about the time JFK was assassinated(Nov 22nd, 1963), because I am dyslexic, that is why I was about 10 before I read my first book and then suddenly, I could read anything as long as I had a Dictionary with me. So, Ancient History became my thing to read about starting with Philip and Alexander. I know all about P and A and so please do not pay attention to my gripes on that last emails I sent about two months back. This current issue on Julius Caesar and the Wars is EXCELLENT reading and I have learned a lot. You folks do GREAT work. So, please keep it up. Tuck

  • wayne jones

    great mag, keep it up, I would like more on the successor of alexander the armour , weapons elephants, also the Iphicratic reform.

  • Yves Martin

    Very interesting. You absolutely must get the early issues back in print. Many people, including myself, do not care about PDF books... please; your targeted clientele are the baby boomers, they were not born with a tablet. Food for thoughts...

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