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Berserkers: Soldiers who fought in a trance and gave us the modern-day word for “Berserk”

Berserker

Old Norse literature details stories of wild soldiers who fought battles in a trancelike state, feeling neither pain nor fear and not stopping until, they,…

16th Century Rocket Cats: Brilliant Warfare Tactic Or Terrible Idea?

The Medieval era is known for its unique takes on just about everything. From strange hygiene habits to medical practices, it was certainly a different…

Persian Immortals: The Elite Army Of The Achaemenid Empire

Colorful brick artwork of five Persian Immortals

The Achaemenid Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire, was founded by Cyrus II in 550 B.C. It controlled a large swath of western…

Athenian Hoplites: An Overlooked Part Of Athens’ Success In The Ancient World

Ancient warfare has been heavily analyzed by scholars and has made waves in movies such as 300. However, popular culture and scholarly studies tend to…

How Sling Weaponry Revolutionized Warfare In The Ancient World

Ancient Roman soldiers with slings + a replica of a Balearic sling

For most, the sling is known as the weapon of choice for cartoon troublemaker Bart Simpson. However, it used to be a widely used weapon…

Did The Trojan War Really Happen? Here’s What We Know

The Trojan War remains one of the greatest stories from ancient times. Filled with strong warriors, heroes, epic battles, divine intervention, and a giant wooden…

History Hack – Fantastic Podcasts Beating Lockdown Blues

Timing, as they say is everything. With everyone currently at home under confinement there has never been a better time to launch a series of…

More Terracotta Warriors Found at Ancient Chinese Burial Site

Chinese farmers were digging a well in 1974 when they discovered fragments of a life-sized statue of a terracotta  warrior. The area was then discovered…

150,000 Men, 900 Ships: Excavation Reveals Size of Antony & Cleopatra’s Fleet

In the years that followed, Antony was busy – he defeated the assassins who had despatched Caesar and later struck up a romance with the…

Boudicca: The Warrior Queen who Defeated the Mighty Romans

All of the infantry, approximately 2,000 men, was wiped out on a field close to the settlement. Only Cerialis and his cavalry managed to escape.…

Ancient Monument Reveals Secrets of History-Changing Battle

The timbers would have been unusually massive to fit the dimensions of the battering rams, and it is possible that some of the ships were…

Rome Vs Carthage: The Largest Naval Battles in Ancient History

The Romans quickly busied themselves training sailors, although Rome was first and foremost a land power. Various historians have pondered what might have happened had…