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Ancient Warfare

Warfare in the age of myth and heroes

Ancient Warfare is a unique publication focused exclusively on soldiers, battles, and tactics, all before 600 AD. Ancient Warfare examines the military history of cultures throughout Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa. Subject-matter ranges from the familiar to the more obscure, from Alexander the Great and Caesar to chariots as battle taxis to PTSD in antiquity.

"Ancient Warfare is an excellent publication with contributors from a wide range of backgrounds, it is always worth reading and frequently highly stimulating."
- Adrian Goldsworthy

"Succeeds in being both scholarly and approachable, Ancient Warfare has established itself as essential reading for anyone at all interested in the topic."
- Philip Matyszak

Ancient Warfare magazine

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Ancient Warfare is meant for a casual, but inquisitive audience. Articles have a depth lacking in many more general military history publications. Each issue is organized around a central theme, allowing for an especially thorough analysis of that subject from a variety of perspectives. Themes for the six issues released each year are chosen partially by the editorial staff and partially through a public survey – which means that readers have an unprecedented amount of control over the topics covered in Ancient Warfare. From Hellenistic armies of the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC to the Assyrian war machine, each theme includes articles analyzing major battles, units, weapons, historical sources and fighting styles. Using the latest scholarship, our authors make warfare in this diverse and very long time period accessible.

A selection of AW magazine covers


Besides its articles, Ancient Warfare brings history to life through gorgeous, unique maps, drawings and paintings. Rather than relying on stock images, we specially commission talented artists to create historically accurate llustrations of ancient warriors and warfare. These works are supplemented by a collection of photographs showing contemporary art and artifacts taken from collections around the world.

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