Category: ANCIENT HISTORY

Alesia: The Roman Army at the Height of Its Power Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars had been raging for over five years when his legions faced…

The garrison of St Elmo consisted a hundred knights and some seven hundred soldiers.  Amongst the latter were four hundred Italian mercenaries. Into the ranks…

The battle of Cannae was an almost perfect tactical victory for Hannibal Barca. Facing a Roman army almost twice the size on a level field,…

At the head of the Knights of Saint John who stood ready to repel the invading Muslim army was the renowned Grand Master Jean Parisot…

In the annals of warfare one reads of the clash of arms, the pitting of warrior against warrior, of tales of heroism, of endurance and…

The siege and battles of Tarentum were an underappreciated and often forgotten aspect of the second Punic War.The second Punic war between Carthage and Rome…

When you are a small city-state enjoying a precarious existence and surrounded by potentially hostile other city states, and especially the military state of indomitable…

  The Hundred Years War fought between France and England through the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries saw a number of important and impressive battles as…

Ancient warfare relied on steel weapons, but continually evolved with differences in equipment and tactics. Naval warfare was a simpler affair, find the enemy ship…

By William McLaughlin As far as great sieges go, the Siege of Tyre is one of the more unique ones. It featured a previously unassailable…

‘Great battles’ is a popular theme for military historians and an important one to discuss; as war is often a driving factor for historical change,…

Gladiators have garnered quite a lot of popular interest in the last few decades, thanks to films such as Gladiator and Pompeii and series like…