Ancient Warfare I.3

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When swords were drawn and the battle started, a warrior would not want to be without physical protection to defend himself against the onslaught of enemies. Shields, helmets and armor were all used by ancient soldiers to increase the chance of survival when facing foes on the battlefield.

Theme: Protect thyself. Shields, helmets and armor.

  • Jasper Oorthuys, Introduction to the theme
  • Michael Charles, 'Vegetius and Late Roman infantry armor'
  • Ross Cowan, 'Five helmets in Glasgow museums'
  • Christian Koepfer, 'A history of European shields', part 1
  • Paul Bardunias, 'The Aspis. Surviving Hoplite Battle aspis'
  • Michael Park, The Silver Shields - Philip's and Alexander's Hypaspists


  • The Battle: Jens Wucherpfennig, 'The battle of Strasbourg (357 AD)'
  • The Campaign: David Hall, 'Boudica's Bloody Revolt'
  • Be a general: Murray Dahm, 'How to survive a siege'

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