The Sacred Band of Carthage is a poorly known, yet perennially interesting, military unit. This article was written to address some problematic pieces of online content.
From Pompeii comes one of the masterpieces of the ancient world: a mosaic depicting Alexander’s forces defeating those of King Darius III.
According to the Roman historian Titus Livius, some earlier historians claimed that the Roman fleet participated in the Battle of Fidenae in 426 BC. How can we figure out if this really happened?
In this article, we look at another example of the topos of Persian leaders ignoring a (non-Persian) adviser, only to be proven wrong in not heeding their council.
Don’t believe everything you read! That’s true for both ancient and modern texts. Here, we examine Herodotus’ take on queen Artemisia.
The First Punic War was one of the most significant conflicts in Rome’s rise to power. A lynchpin to Carthaginian control over Sicily was the city of Lilybaeum, which never fell to the Romans.
From the eleventh to the ninth centuries BC there is very little pictorial pottery in the Aegean. So why does a hydria from a grave at Lefkandi show a pair of confronted archers?
In the story of the Trojan War, battles are fought between huge armies. But how were these armies organized? How were they assembled?
Nearly five years ago, my first book was published. Here’s a look back at the commercial edition of my PhD thesis and the lessons learned.
It is often assumed that the ancient Greeks practised one type of warfare. This is problematic, as can be illustrated by a quick look at the early history of Tarentum, Southern Italy.