Category Archives: Ancient History

Pydna: A Greek Or Roman World?

In 168 B.C. Macedonians, representing the Greek culture, and Romans, forging a new world empire, clashed yet again. It wasn’t the first time these cultures and adversaries had met on a battlefield. However, the Battle of Pydna decisively determined which … Continue reading

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Salamis: Democracy Defended

It was a clash of an empire and city-states. It was a battle between imperialism and democracy. The Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. – fought in the Strait of Salamis with triremes, oarsmen, and marines – changed the course … Continue reading

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Lachish: Terrors Of A Siege

Sometimes – for various reasons – an army decided to take an extremely defensive position: inside a city. If the opposing army didn’t go away, a siege would likely occur in an attempt to force the defenders out, starve the … Continue reading

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Kadesh: Searching For Glory

One of the challenges with Ancient History is the primary sources. In ancient cultures, kings supposedly did no wrong (some cultures even thought their rulers were gods!). So…what if a king lost a battle in a far distant land, but … Continue reading

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Elephants, Food Supply…Logistics – Oh My!

How many elephants did Hannibal have? How did he feed his army? These were questions swirling in my mind as I put together the last few posts about Hannibal crossing the Alps. (You can find Part 1, Part 2, and … Continue reading

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Over The Mountains, Into The Plains

“Over the Mountains and into the plains, Toward Rome we go; Hannibal knows the way to lead the elephant train through the deep and drifting snow…” (Okay, that was kind of dumb…but it was one of those silly things a … Continue reading

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