‘Ancients’ books of possible interest

(Regular contributor Rob Morgan submits the following.)

1. I’ve just had the chance to take a look at “The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean” published by OUP in 2010, it’s a hefty volume covering the period from 3000 to 1000 BC and contains some material which “ancient” soloists might find useful.

Chapter 23 deals with weapons and warfare: offensive weapons, spears, javelins, bows, slings, swords and so on; and defensive equipment — shields, helmets and armour. There’s a short section on chariots too.

Chapter 35 is a succinct account of the Siege of Troy by Trevor Bryce.

2. There’s another new book available. I had the chance to examine it, but it’s well outside my own interests (or as we know them … ships). By Merrells and Miles, published by Wiley-Blackwell, “The Vandals” deals in a comprehensive way with this astonishing race of “barbarians” ( sic!) who thrived in North Africa from AD 439 to AD 534. This is described as the first decent account in English and I’m not surprised. The Vandals have had a generally poor treatment by historians, and then merely in passing. This book may well generate a little interest in a post-classical army.

— Rob Morgan

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