Does anyone know of any good books on ancient military history of Europe?

Jul 2019
2
Sheffield
Hi I am looking for a book to read about the ancient military history of Europe. If anyone has any suggestions, please tell me.

Thanks, have a nice day!
 

Matthew Amt

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Jan 2015
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MD, USA
It's still hard to beat Peter Connolly's "Greece and Rome at War". Some of it's details are outdated (glued linen armor did not exist, for one), but it's a fabulously illustrated overview that really brings things to life. John Warry's "Warfare in the Classical World" is smaller and not quite as good, but still pretty lush and inspirational.

There are several series of books by Osprey publishing, including Men-At-Arms, Warriors, Campaign, etc., each with numerous little volumes for pretty much any era you can think of. Mind you, they vary wildly in their quality and accuracy! Some have some real howling mistakes, so you have to be careful (though that's true of most any book!).

Do you have a particular area or time-frame that draws your attention? There are a LOT of books out there, and if you don't want to get swamped with answers...

Matthew
 
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Jul 2019
2
Sheffield
Hi thanks for your reply, Greece and Rome at war does look good but do you know of anything that focuses either on the peloponnesian war or the punic wars? Thanks again =)
 
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Apr 2019
110
Ireland
Warfare in the Classical World (John Warry - Salamander Books) covers the Bronze age through to the 5th century CE. There are chapters dedicated to the Peloponnesian War and the Punic Wars, it is also well illustrated, discusses the sources for each period, the major battles accompanied by maps and battle movements.