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Lost Battles: Reconstructing the Great Clashes of the Ancient World

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Ancient battles seize the modern imagination. Far from being forgotten, they have become a significant aspect of popular culture, prompting a continuing stream of books, feature films, television programs and board and computer games... there is a certain escapist satisfaction in looking back to an era when conflicts between entire states
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 20th 2009 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published January 31st 2008)
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Nathan Albright
Jun 10, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is not the sort of book one would expect from looking at its title, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. As a frequent reader of ancient history [1], a fair amount of it being ancient military history, I expected that this book would include a wide variety of clashes and how they would be reconstructed with textual or archaeological discoveries in recent years. In stark contrast to this, the book's contents are rather narrowly focused on Greco-Roman history, and the only battles wi ...more
Pedro García
Aug 21, 2016 Pedro García rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como es habitual en Phil Sabin, su enfoque para el estudio de lo militar incluye la simulación mediante juegos de guerra sencillos, de aquellos temas que quiere ilustrar.
En este caso, Sabin busca comparar y analizar batallas conocidas de la antigüedad (desde la Grecia clásica hasta el fin de la República Romana), mediante la definición de un "valor de combate" de cada ejército, calculado en base al número de tropas, su tipo, calidad, y la calidad de sus generales, de forma simple (a brocha gorda
Nov 15, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an attempt to do something I've never seen done before. The author sets out to analyze a series of ancient battles (Greek vs Greek, Macedonian vs. Persian, Rome vs. Carthage, Rome vs. Parthian, and Rome vs. Macedonia). That in itself is nothing new, there are dozens of attempts to do that, but the approach Sabin uses takes discussing old battles to a new level.

Throughout the book Sabin demonstrates the difficulty of analysing ancient battles. The ancient sources can be of questionab
Tommy Mcguire
Jul 05, 2012 Tommy Mcguire rated it it was amazing
Sabin's idea is that one unexplored way of studying ancient battles, about which almost nothing is known other than relatively sparse and unreliable historical commentary, is via war games. His approach is to assume that the major set-piece battles in the Mediterranean area from 500BCE to about 50BCE are roughly comparable with a sufficiently broad brush. As a result, the same set of rules can be applied to all of the battles with suitable scaling factors to adjust for battle sizes. Sabin makes ...more
An interesting book that uses wargaming to help reconstruct ancient battles and test various theories as to with what and how they were fought. Includes the rules to the game used in the book. Worth reading for anyone with an interest in ancient battles and doubly so for anyone also interested in games.
Frédéric Bey
Aug 03, 2011 Frédéric Bey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre idéal pour les joueurs d'histoire comme pour des béotiens en quête de compréhension du déroulement des batailles antiques. C'est le pendant ludique de la démarche des reconstitutions de Hanson pour les hoplites.
Fresno Bob
Jan 06, 2013 Fresno Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better for newbies to ancient warfare than grognards, interesting discussion of classic battles
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