Darnell, John Coleman, & Colleen Manassa. Tutankhamun’s Armies: Battle & Conquest during Ancient Egypt’s Late 18th Dynasty. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007. ISBN 978-0471743583. Illuminates one of the most golden Egyptian ages – the New Kingdom – in all its aspects, including relations with the rest… Read More ›
Background: Golden Century of Athens Game designer Martin Wallace (Age of Steam, Struggle of Empires, Brass, & many more) cares for historical themes. Often, quirky facts lie buried within the structure of his games, making them the more unpredictable & colourful. Unlike… Read More ›
Markoe, Glenn E. Phoenicians. London: British Museum Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0714127675. Scholarly, concentrated, yet also lively, readable, & up to date survey of the mother of all oceanic civilizations. I give ****/5.
While digging into ancient Greece & how it keeps showing up in modern pop culture (see “Ah Those Greeks, Part I”), I noticed some curious parallels to another earlier posting – & to some aspects of our own modern age. In that earlier… Read More ›
In this the first of 3 postings about ancient Greece – about how this now obscure culture could influence the rise of modern Europe – I’d like to look at one ancient historical event, even more recondite until a few… Read More ›
Luttwak, Edward N. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 1993 (1976). ISBN 978-0801821585. Imperial Rome grew, not by constant aggression, but under detailed, conservative husbanding of force & diplomacy. A modern classic in security studies… Read More ›