Vol I, Issue 1
Ancient Warfare is a unique publication focused exclusively on soldiers, battles, and tactics, all before 600 AD. From ancient Egypt and Persia to the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Ancient Warfare examines the military history of cultures throughout Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa.
A bimonthly, 60-page magazine, each issue is organised around a central theme, allowing for an especially thorough analysis of that subject from a variety of perspectives. Themes are chosen partially by editorial staff and through a public survey meaning that readers have some control over the choice of topics covered.
From Hellenistic armies of the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC to the Assyrian war machine, each theme includes articles analysing major battles, units, weapons, historical sources and fighting styles.
Subject matter ranges from the familiar to the more obscure: while Alexander the Great, the Persian Wars and Caesar’s Gallic campaigns all receive regular coverage, Ancient Warfare also looks at some of the less common parts of ancient military history, from chariots as battle taxis to PTSD in antiquity.
Ancient Warfare uses maps, drawings and paintings to accompany its articles, and specially commission talented artists to create historically accurate illustrations of ancient warriors and warfare. These works are supplemented by a collection of photographs showing contemporary art and artefacts taken from collections around the world.
Tarentum in southern Italy may have been a Spartan colony, but when it was under pressure from first its Italic neighbours and then Rome itself, it preferred to call in some help from abroad.