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Rome's Barbarian Mercenaries

David G. Frye | Published: May 03, 2007 at 10:46 am
The transition from a citizen’s army to a very nearly mercenary one did not go smoothly. To many Romans, the same barbarians so admired for their military prowess were also the enemy.

Ancient Chepstow: Gateway to Wales

Dana Huntley | Published: April 05, 2007 at 4:04 pm
Whoever controlled Chepstow controlled access to South Wales. Once protected by Chepstow Castle from invaders, today the town happily welcomes hoardes of tourists.

Mark Antony's Persian Campaign

Published: January 17, 2007 at 2:41 pm
On June 9, 53 bc, hard-riding Parthian horse-archers from the Persian heartland lured a Roman infantry army into open country at Carrhae and surrounded it. Darting swiftly across the plains, the Parthians rained shield-piercing arrows onto the Roman lines. When …

Battle of Marathon: Greeks Versus the Persians

Published: January 17, 2007 at 1:56 pm
Western democracy, culture and philosophy were on the line when the Greeks faced the Persians at Marathon. By Jason K. Foster

Weaponry: Greek Phalanx

Published: September 05, 2006 at 12:35 pm
The phalanx dominated Greek warfare for three centuries, but fell before combined-arms forces. By Brian Todd Carey

Arms and Men: The Trebuchet

Scott Farrell | Published: September 05, 2006 at 11:18 am
The trebuchet was the first war engine to employ the principles of gravity and leverage to hurl a projectile. Not until modern times did the cannon eclipse it.

Gaius Julius Caesar's African Campaign: The Campaign to Destroy the Allies of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus

Published: September 05, 2006 at 10:35 am
To deal with allies of his late rival Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus in North Africa, Gaius Julius Caesar came, he adapted and he conquered.By Jonas Goldstein

Second Punic War: Battle of Zama

Published: September 05, 2006 at 10:15 am
The Carthaginian and Roman commanders Hannibal and Scipio both had a solid string of victories to their credit when they met in 202 bc. Only one of them would emerge victorious this time.By Daniel A. Fournie

Assyrian March Against Judah

Published: September 05, 2006 at 9:59 am
Christianity, Judaism and Islam exist today because of Assyrian warrior King Sennacherib's decision to strike a deal with besieged Jerusalem.By Philip Stern

Peloponnesian War: Battle of Pylos

Published: August 29, 2006 at 1:47 pm
A storm at sea set the stage for a siege, a naval battle and an island assault whose outcome astonished all of ancient Greece.By Richard M. Berthold

King Richard I of England Versus King Philip II Augustus

Published: August 23, 2006 at 4:52 pm
Back from the Third Crusade and Austrian captivity, King Richard I of England spent the rest of his reign battling his longtime rival, King Philip II Augustus.By Simon Rees

The Last Norman Invasion

Published: August 21, 2006 at 4:28 pm
The long, terrible struggle between the English and the Irish began in 1169, when Diarmuid Mac Murchada asked King Henry II for aid against his rivals--only to learn that it was easier to invite the Normans into a country than it was to convince them to leave. By Michael D. Greaney

Fourth Crusade

Published: July 31, 2006 at 2:54 pm
They set out to rescue the Holy Land from the Muslims. Instead, they appeared at the walls of the greatest city in Christendom.By Richard McCaffery Robinson


Published: July 31, 2006 at 2:47 pm
Rome's legions were sorely challenged by rebellious slaves and gladiators led up and down the Italian boot by Spartacus -- a most determined Thracian.By Kenneth P. Czech

First Jewish-Roman War

Published: July 31, 2006 at 2:37 pm
After rising up against their Roman overlords, the Zealots of Judea fortified their towns into immovable objects -- to face the irresistible force of Vespasian's legions.By Richard L. Mattis

Battle of Actium

Published: July 31, 2006 at 2:31 pm
The sea at the mouth of the strait was filled with ships both large and small, vying with one another for room to fight. Flaming missiles shot between them, filling the sky with thick black smoke. Smaller vessels taunted the …
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