The Lelantine War is the first major military conflict that pitted two alliances of Greek cities against each other. But did it really happen?
Poetic fragments attributed to Archilochus of Paros show him to have been a warrior. But was he also, as is often suggested, a mercenary?
A Greek, presumably Attic, stand dated to ca. 710 BC and currently in Munich depicts a common theme: two warriors fighting over a corpse.
A closer look at a stele from the fourth century BC, currently in Munich, that marked the grave of Demetrius, who probably died in battle.
This turn-based strategy game for mobile devices offers a fun and streamlined way to build a little empire from scratch.
A relief in the British Museum offers a good example of Neo-Assyrian ingenuity, with men crossing a river using inflated animal skins.
In the 1980s, excavations in Paroikia, the capital of the Cycladic island Paros, revealed the mass cremation burial of dozens of young men. It is believed to be the earliest Greek polyandrion, a grave for war dead.
Conventional wisdom regards nudity in Greek art as a “heroizing” element. But the reality is, of course, a bit more complex.
Ancient Egypt had periods of political instability, in which different factions vied for control, not unlike the drama seen in Game of Thrones.
Most of the objects recovered in archaeological excavations are broken. Sometimes this breakage is intentional. In Early Iron Age Greece, particularly the tenth and ninth centuries, intentionally destroyed weapons were deposited in burials.