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Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet

Richard A. Gabriel | Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was also a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations.

Julius Caesar's Triumph in Gaul

Adrian Goldsworthy | Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm
Caesar completely misread the situation in Gaul in 52 BC, leading to a military crisis. He overcame this failure through his own talent as a commander, the skill of his army, and a good deal of luck.

Dorchester: A Step Back

Jim Hargan | Published: May 03, 2007 at 11:33 am
Surrounded by some of England’s most beautiful scenery, the town of Dorchester is a pleasant step back in time.

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
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