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    The Cimbrian War, 113-101 B.C.

    Roman victory marked the beginning of the end for Rome as a republic. For a third of a century after Rome destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C., it faced no seriously threatening enemies in the Mediterranean region. Yet a major challenge was...

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    The Viking Assault on Constantinople, 860

    The “fury of the Northmen” hit the Byzantine Empire in a surprise attack on the Queen of Cities. Byzantine Emperor Theophilus was gracious in his treatment of the two ambassadors who had arrived unexpectedly in the imperial capital,...

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    Siege of Lachish, 701 B.C.

    The Assyrians’ mastery of siegecraft conquered ancient Judah. The opening stanza of Lord Byron’s imortrtal poem “The Destruction of Sennacherib” resonates with a sense of the overwhelming catastrophe the Assyrian “wolf”...

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    Battle of Himera, 480 B.C.

    Greeks defeated the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily. Xerxes, “king of kings,” ruler of the vast Persian Empire, prepared well for his revenge against the Greeks. Not only did he amass the largest army the world had ever seen with the...

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    Edward The “Black Prince”

    England’s famed Hundred Years’ War commander never lost a battle. At Crécy, south of Calais in northern France, on August 26, 1346, Prince Edward, the eldest son of England’s King Edward III, “won his spurs” in one of the most...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Artemisia at Salamis

    When the outnumbered Greek feet outfought Xerxes’s great navy in 480 BC, the Persians’ only winner was Artemisia, history’s first known female admiral. In 411 BC the Greek playwright Aristophanes staged his famous play comedy in...

  • Ask Mr. History

    Did the Ancient Romans Wear Underwear?

    Did the ancient Romans wear underwear?? Ryan Krause   ???   Ryan, The Romans—like numerous peoples before them—most certainly did wear underwear, the most fundamental of which was a loincloth knotted on both sides. It went...

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    War List | From Soldiers to Saints

    Marc G. DeSantis describes military men who found a higher calling...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Lake Trasimeno, Italy

    Lago Trasimeno is the largest lake on the Italian peninsula. It abuts the Umbria-Tuscany border roughly between the ancient city-states of Perugia and Siena. The surrounding countryside is bucolic and peaceful. More than 2,200 years ago,...

  • Military History Magazine

    When the Mongols Met Their March

    In 1260 at the spring of Ayn J¯al¯ut in Palestine, an Egyptian Mamluk army handed invading Mongols a bitter cup of defeat. In September 1260 an Egyptian Mamluk army, led by Sultan Sayf al-Din Qutuz, deployed around the Ayn J¯al¯ut...

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    Last Stand at Ely

    After the 1066 Norman conquest an alliance of English rebels held out on the swamp-ringed isle of Ely— but William would not be denied. On Oct. 14, 1066, the Norman- French army defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. Harold II,...

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    Treachery in Tripoli

    When Muslim Mamluk Egypt targeted this crusader state in 1289, the Christian were too busy infighting to heed. It is 1289, in the waning years of the Christian Crusader states in the Middle East. The preeminent Muslim power of the...

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    Norse Knarr

    The Norse knarr was a utilitarian version of the iconic Viking longship...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: God’s Wolf

    Jeffrey Lee profiles Raynald of Châtillon, unapologetic French Crusader of the 12th century...

  • Reviews

    Wargame Reviews: Armchair Review January 2015

    Total War: Rome II- Hannibal at the Gates Hannibal at the Gates an expansion for War: Rome II the Second Punic War that covers Total is between Carthage and Rome. Gamers play as either side, or as a minor power such as Syracuse,...

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    Book Review: Mercenaries to Conquerors

    Paul Brown argues that the Normans also deserve credit for victories in the Mediterranean and Balkans...