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I was just looking at that book at Amazon. You read it already?
Couldn't put it down. The suffragettes could have learned a thing or two from the Macedonian women. Queen Olympias makes Boudicca look like my lovely Great Aunt May. I had always been interested in the state of Bactria with its Greek, Indian and Steppe Nomad neighbours, and the awesome court and seat of learning that would have had to happen whether the Nobles wanted it or not. This takes the whole subject one step further forward. This is the first book I have found to cover the whole subject of the Successors intelligently and academically, while being readable and affordable.

The only other source I know, the Cambridge histories, are possibly better, but the cost !
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The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600 (Hardcover) edited by Andrew Roberts


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All leading (military) historians like Martin van Creveld, Robin Lane Fox, Tom Holland, John Julius Norwich and many others on their favourite subjects, edited by leading British historian Andrew Roberts. Every ancient and medieval commander is profiled in a concise article which not only brings its subject vividly to life via a lively, fact-driven narrative, but also analyses and assesses his tactical and strategic gifts. Each biography is accompanied by a 'battle feature' or 'campaign feature' - embellished by a full-colour battle plan or campaign map - focusing on the commander's greatest battlefield achievement.

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The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600 (Hardcover) edited by Andrew Roberts


Got this gem for Christmas.
All leading (military) historians like Martin van Creveld, Robin Lane Fox, Tom Holland, John Julius Norwich and many others on their favourite subjects, edited by leading British historian Andrew Roberts. Every ancient and medieval commander is profiled in a concise article which not only brings its subject vividly to life via a lively, fact-driven narrative, but also analyses and assesses his tactical and strategic gifts. Each biography is accompanied by a 'battle feature' or 'campaign feature' - embellished by a full-colour battle plan or campaign map - focusing on the commander's greatest battlefield achievement.

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At 15.00 on Amazon I just have! Will rep you when I can (if its any good! ).
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The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600 (Hardcover) edited by Andrew Roberts


Got this gem for Christmas.
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Great bargain, price is stupifyingly low! Buy it before they realise
I have just received my copy. 15.00 on Amazon, 25.00 stated on the cover! Its greatest strengths are both its sheer size and area of ground it covers. No subject is covered particularly in depth, and perhaps a few generals were missed out, but given its already hefty weight I doubt they could have fitted more in. A great find. Thank you Captain Sennef .
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I have just received my copy. 15.00 on Amazon, 25.00 stated on the cover! Its greatest strengths are both its sheer size and area of ground it covers. No subject is covered particularly in depth, and perhaps a few generals were missed out, but given its already hefty weight I doubt they could have fitted more in. A great find. Thank you Captain Sennef .
My pleasure. I'm looking forward to the sequel





that covers the period from 1600 till now, covering Cromwell, Marlborough, Napoleon's Wellington, 'Stonewall' Jackson, Moltke, Petain, Montgomery, Rommel, Patton, Konev and Giap's by eminent historians such as Antonia Fraser, Alistair Horne Michael Burleigh, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Richard Overy following the same format as the first. Looking at this list the book seems to be a little bit heavy on Anglo-Saxon generals but still I'll have no hesitations purchasing it. The book will be released in February 2009.
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The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600 (Hardcover) edited by Andrew Roberts


Got this gem for Christmas.
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Great bargain, price is stupifyingly low! Buy it before they realise
I just spent a couple weeks looking for this. Finally I went to Amazon.uk and ordered it. The book is not even available in the US for preorder,but the second one is. Go figure. But I did stumble across and ordered an similar book; The Superstrategists by Colonel John Elting,which is next on my reading list.
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I just spent a couple weeks looking for this. Finally I went to Amazon.uk and ordered it. The book is not even available in the US for preorder,but the second one is. Go figure. But I did stumble across and ordered an similar book; The Superstrategists by Colonel John Elting,which is next on my reading list.
At 2.31 I think I will order it, wait a minute, I just have. Cheers legate!
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Hi Guys, I'm looking for any information on Roman Legions. Any stuff would be good, but especially stuff on unit histories. Any books or websites I should check out?

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For an overview and for only 15 on Amazon, I followed the advice of this man and did not regret my decision at all.

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The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600 (Hardcover) edited by Andrew Roberts


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Just got the Roberts book today. Good God! The book is huge!!
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Just bought a copy via Amazon US. It was odd: it wasn't listed there so I had to go through bookfinder.com to cylce back to Amazon US to buy it from another dealer. I got a better price.
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The Macedonian Empire: The Era of Warfare Under Philip II and Alexander the Great, 359-323 B.C.



Anyone know if this book is any good?
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I'd give it a wide berth. The Amzon (US) site has a short review by Nick Wellman. Nick, an occasional writer for Pothos, will have an idea of what he's reading. If, as he says, the author has described Aristobulos as the son of Porus this is a poor book.

The other book - The Art of War - looks the goods. I might well buy it. J Lendon's Soldiers and Ghosts is not bad. The author does follow the idea that Alexander promoted competition amongst his infantry and rewarded the best with pride of place (near to the hypaspists). This is based on a translation of aesthetairoi as "best companions" (and Arrian's mistake in describing three hypaspists units at Hydaspes). This is unlikely: poor old Krateros and his unit must have been a constant poor last! That aside, Ghosts is a good read.

Anyone seriously interested in the period of the Didochoi cannot go past Anson's Eumenes; Tom Boiy's Between High and Low and Bosworth's Legacy of Alexander. A neat trifecta that.
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I'd give it a wide berth. The Amzon (US) site has a short review by Nick Wellman. Nick, an occasional writer for Pothos, will have an idea of what he's reading. If, as he says, the author has described Aristobulos as the son of Porus this is a poor book.

The other book - The Art of War - looks the goods. I might well buy it. J Lendon's Soldiers and Ghosts is not bad. The author does follow the idea that Alexander promoted competition amongst his infantry and rewarded the best with pride of place (near to the hypaspists). This is based on a translation of aesthetairoi as "best companions" (and Arrian's mistake in describing three hypaspists units at Hydaspes). This is unlikely: poor old Krateros and his unit must have been a constant poor last! That aside, Ghosts is a good read.

Anyone seriously interested in the period of the Didochoi cannot go past Anson's Eumenes; Tom Boiy's Between High and Low and Bosworth's Legacy of Alexander. A neat trifecta that.

Cheers . Will look into these when I can .
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Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual




I picked up P. Matyszak:

'Legionary: The Roman Soldier's Manual'

yesterday and so far I'm enjoying every minute of it

This hardcover book at such a low price means I'll be able to enjoy it much longer!! The book is written like an introductory manual for potential recruits to the Roman Legions and describe what sort of life awaits a soldier around 100 AD. It gives all sort of options what legion to chose: with its different characteristics and bonuses of current locations but also of their respective histories (sort of comparable to what regiment to chose in the British army and also here": some (family) connection counts.
Apart form the legions ample attention is being given to other options than joining the legion, such as joining the auxiliaries, the cavalry or the navy and what pros and cons are of each choice.

As became very clear when reading about the legionaries kit, the author (a well known British historian) really knows his subject inside out. E.g. he states that the most important thing a recruits should take care of is neither his sword as you perhaps would expect, nor even his shield, but his sandals, complete with all inside details such as hobnails
Same with the famous Roman short sword, Matyszak specifies what elements are important to keep in mind when selecting a sword.
In this way he continues: march & combat training, Roman battlefield survival, etc

Those of you who have read some of my earlier criticism may know that I give highest marks for the combination of knowledge and readability: this book passes with flying colours!!
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Just finished Goldworthy's How Rome Fell. It is worth reading. The chapters are usually organized such that the first part of the chapter is on a sequential period of history, say, Aurelian's reign, with the second part being an analysis of the period with more emphasis on the economy or the political science or military organization (or whatever) of the period in question.
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