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Dec 25, 2020

What do you want to know about Roman Wedges? Murray has the answers.

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Dec 18, 2020

How did armies store their money? Jasper has the answers...

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Dec 11, 2020

A sturdy set of walls is a powerful deterrent: that's why ancient empires devoted so much time to understanding how to best build (and break down) these defensive structures.

The team discuss the vol.XIV-3 of the magazineBreaking Down the Walls: Fortifications and Siege Warfare.

 

Dec 4, 2020

Jasper tells us about last stands in the ancient world.

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Nov 27, 2020

Jasper tells us about the aftermath of a battle, what was it like for wounded or vanquished soldiers? What happened to the dead?

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Nov 20, 2020

Murray ponders this query from Michael watching on youtube, 'maybe a side note to this is to draw parallels with the Celtic invasions of Greece and how they fought the phalanx? Or what Hannibal learnt from his Spanish war, and how he applied that against the legions.'

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Nov 13, 2020

'Torn between the mighty empire that raised him and his own tribal people, a Roman officer's conflicted allegiances lead to an epic historical clash'

The Ancient Warfare magazine team are joined by Joanne Ball from Liverpool University to discuss the new Netflix hit series Barbarians. The action takes place in Magna Germania in 9 AD, with events culminating in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

Nov 6, 2020

J.Soth listening via youtube asks, 'How were cataphracts, Thessalian cavalry and companion cavalry etc able to use shock tactics without spurs and other knightly equipment?'

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Oct 30, 2020

Murray gets to grips with Austin's question when he asks 'Achaemenid Persian Immortals, what do we know about them, how did they fight, how where they used etc'.

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Oct 23, 2020

Robert asks, 'Was the Roman Army of the later Roman Empire really that bad as everyone believes? Were they really a shadow of the republican and early empire legions? Although they were defeated at Adrianople, other than that battle, they seemed to have done rather well against foreign enemies but were just stretched too thin and always involved in civil strife.'


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Oct 16, 2020

J.Soth listening via youtube asks, 'didn't the Roman's employ phalanx tactics premaniple era?'

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Oct 9, 2020

'Before emerging as the greatest power in the Mediterranean world, Rome spent many centuries in relative obscurity, developing and refining new military tactics and structures that would set it up for unprecedented success.'

The ancient warfare team discuss the latest issue of the magazine Ancient Warfare XIV.2, Rise of the Legion: The Development of the Roman Army.

Oct 2, 2020

Jasper answers the question from patron Carlos, 'how did the Romans adapt to the mainly cavalry armies of the Parthians and later Sassanids?'

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Sep 25, 2020

Murray answers the question from patron Cosma 'What was the process of hiring mercenaries in ancient armies?'

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Sep 18, 2020

Treb Courie asks, was the iron shank of the pilum designed to be soft and bend easily?

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Sep 11, 2020

Rams and ramming, is the topic of this Ancient Warfare magazine podcast. The chaps focus on the Actian Victory monument and the Egadi and others found around Sicily.

Jasper, Murray, Marc, Lindsay and Mark are joined by Stephen DeCasien.

 

Sep 4, 2020

J.Soth listening via youtube asks, how was all the intense cavalry action possible in ancient history? Thessalian diamond formation charge, companion cavalry charge/melee engagements, Numidian light cavalry etc. without use of the stirrup or more modern saddle technology? If it's all with a rope or cord and thigh gripping, then they must have had some seriously chiseled legs.

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Aug 28, 2020

Murray ponders the question, Why did Sparta adopt the Macedonian Phalanx?

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Aug 21, 2020

Gabriel Ruge emailed this question, did Boudicca have a chance of beating the Romans, were mean her odds were better than 50-50? What if she had signed some sort of alliance with the Caledonians? What if the British used every force multiplier in the book. Attacking from high ground, rough terrain, numbers, movement (chariots) etc.

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Aug 14, 2020

The team are back looking at issue XIV.1 Crucible of Empires: Warfare in Hellenistic Asia MinorThanks to all those who sent in questions, watched and commented as we recorded live.

After the fall of Alexander the Great, the Successors set to work carving out kingdoms of their own. Asia Minor became an important proving ground for these would-be rulers.

Aug 7, 2020

In Ancient Warfare Answers, Jasper (editor of Ancient Warfare Magazine) and Murray (deputy editor) tackle your questions on ancient military topics.

In this episode Murray answers a question from patron Disco Shootout, if the Roman Legion was superior to the phalanx and tribal warfare like the Gauls, how could Hannibal use such inferior methods and defeat the Romans for years?

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Jul 31, 2020

In Ancient Warfare Answers, Jasper (editor of Ancient Warfare Magazine) and Murray (deputy editor) tackle your questions on ancient military topics.

In this episode Jasper ponders on if the Romans intentionally downplayed their naval capabilities before the first Punic war? Thank you to patron of the podcast Dag Atle for suggesting this question.

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Jul 24, 2020

In Ancient Warfare Answers, Jasper (editor of Ancient Warfare Magazine) and Murray (deputy editor) tackle your questions on ancient military topics.

In this episode Murray answers Boris's question beyond female warriors from the steppe nomad cultures, where are the others?

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Jul 17, 2020

The ancient warfare magazine team are back this time discussing traitors, discipline and punishment in the ancient world.

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Jul 9, 2020

In Ancient Warfare Answers, Jasper (editor of Ancient Warfare Magazine) and Murray (deputy editor) tackle your questions on ancient military topics.

In this episode Jasper explains why Roman republican cavalry so poor? It's thanks to patron Jo-jo Sun for sending us that.

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