Historum Military History Essay Contest #2

Duke Valentino

Ad Honorem
Jul 2017
2,362
Australia
Another one I'd like to see is some of the lesser-known campaigns by the generals of the Third Century Crisis, or even the later Empire.
 

Lord Oda Nobunaga

Ad Honorem
Jan 2015
5,681
Ontario, Canada
Everything from like 2500 BC when Eannatum of Lagash was conquering in Sumeria (or the Egyptians were doing something) to about 490 BC is completely unexplored. For most people history starts around the Battle of Marathon. The earliest records go back to Eannatum of Lagash around 2500 BC, there are fragments which indicate warfare in Sumeria, Egypt and all across the Levant at that time and earlier. Although organized warfare fought by sedentary people goes as far back as 3100 BC at the very least (when Narmer unified Egypt), not to mention tribal warfare which there must have existed massive tribal societies during that time and prior. In Egypt there are indications of warfare prior to Narmer; King Scorpion is mentioned as having ruled in Upper Egypt. Gilgamesh and others are mentioned in Sumeria as having fought and ruled, probably around the 2600's BC. Of course the whole of the Levant probably had city-states from about 4500 BC and prior to that Neolithic settlements from about 10,000 BC, and lots of tribal peoples. I don't expect there to be records or even many wars fought during Neolithic times when people were first making settlements and learning to farm, but just to give an idea as to how far Humanity goes back and how there was violence (systematic conflict, migration and genocide) even during the Neolithic period. Entire cultures, individuals and conflicts that we will never know about. The small sliver of Classical Antiquity to now, seems like a tiny fraction by comparison. In addition to all of the gaps in our historical knowledge that has been recorded (possibly preserved in some form through mythology).

Anyway my favorite military commander was Kruk the Neanderthal, he laid siege to a dozen caves and was an unparalleled reformer, he invented big rocks and pointy sticks. He might not have been Human but he sure won his fair share of the glory.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,786
T'Republic of Yorkshire
You guys might consider entering the current essay contest, which has a theme of "A military campaign".

 

Duke Valentino

Ad Honorem
Jul 2017
2,362
Australia
You guys might consider entering the current essay contest, which has a theme of "A military campaign".

Are citations included in the word count?