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The Great Armies of Antiquity
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Foreword Preface War in the Ancient World The World's First Armies, Sumer, and Akkad The Armies of the Pharaohs The Hittites and Iron Weapons The Mitanni and the War Chariot The Armies of the Bible The Iron Army of Assyria Chinese Armies: The Shang and Zhou Periods Persia and the Art of Logistics The Greek Way of War: Classical and Imperial Periods Carthaginian Armies Armies of India: Vedic and Imperial Periods Rome: The Armies of the Caesars Barbarian Armies: Iberians, Gauls, Germans, and Goths The Army of Byzantium The Vikings: Raiders from the Open Sea The Arab Armies The Japanese Way of War The Mongols The Ottomans The Evolution of Modern War Bibliography Index

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Gabriel examines 18 ancient army systems, examining the organizational structure and weapons employed and the degree to which cultural values and imperatives shaped the form and application of military force.

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Richard A. Gabriel is a military historian and Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Ethics at Daniel Webster College. His most recent book is Great Captains of Antiquity (Greenwood, 2000).

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"[A] fascinating and superbly presented documentary showcasing eighteen ancient army systems ranging from Sumer and Akkad, to the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Mongols, and Japanese....A fact-filled, strictly logical analysis packed with amazing military history and insights from the ancient world, The Great Armies of Antiquity is a seminal and inherently fascinating history. Also very highly recommended is Professor Gabriel's early work: Great Captains of Antiquity."-The Midwest Book Review
"[A]n interesting and readable study of the world's great armies in the ancient world....Readers very interested in military history will find this volume excellent....Recommended. All libraries and levels."-Choice
"YAn interesting and readable study of the world's great armies in the ancient world....Readers very interested in military history will find this volume excellent....Recommended. All libraries and levels."-Choice
"YA fascinating and superbly presented documentary showcasing eighteen ancient army systems ranging from Sumer and Akkad, to the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Mongols, and Japanese....A fact-filled, strictly logical analysis packed with amazing military history and insights from the ancient world, The Great Armies of Antiquity is a seminal and inherently fascinating history. Also very highly recommended is Professor Gabriel's early work: Great Captains of Antiquity."-The Midwest Book Review
?[A]n interesting and readable study of the world's great armies in the ancient world....Readers very interested in military history will find this volume excellent....Recommended. All libraries and levels.?-Choice
?[A] fascinating and superbly presented documentary showcasing eighteen ancient army systems ranging from Sumer and Akkad, to the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Mongols, and Japanese....A fact-filled, strictly logical analysis packed with amazing military history and insights from the ancient world, The Great Armies of Antiquity is a seminal and inherently fascinating history. Also very highly recommended is Professor Gabriel's early work: Great Captains of Antiquity.?-The Midwest Book Review

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