You’ve read the histories (or watched the BBC shows) about ancient battles. But how did the people on the ground feel? Were they jostling shoulder-to-shoulder in a phalanx? What were the smells, sounds, and sights during the throes of battle? A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare answers those questions.
Though the author states he is writing this book for a general audience, it helps if you have some background in ancient history. Otherwise, you may be using Wikipedia frequently to get the overview of each battle before diving into the sweaty details. However, those details are fascinating.
There are six battles described within A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare: two Greek, two Roman and two others. The time period ranges from 333 bce to 544 ce. Though the battles are not placed chronologically in the book, it is interesting to see how war paraphernalia changed during the centuries.
If you enjoy war stories, ancient history, or are setting a book during this time period, A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare is a good choice. 3.5 stars!
Thanks to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.