A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare

This book, A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare, is a fascinating exploration of the way warfare was perceived and experienced in the ancient world. It examines the use of the senses in warfare, from sight and sound, to smell and taste, to touch and emotion. Author Conor Whately has done an excellent job of researching and presenting his evidence in an accessible and interesting way. 

The book is well-structured and well-written, making it easy to follow, and the author’s enthusiasm for the topic is evident throughout. He draws on a range of sources, from classical texts to archaeological evidence, to give a comprehensive overview of ancient warfare. 

The book covers a range of battles from the ancient world, including the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea in the Greco-Persian Wars, the battles of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, and Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Empire. It also covers the battles of the Roman Republic and Empire, including the battles of Cannae and Actium.

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the history of warfare, and those looking for an accessible introduction to the topic. It is full of interesting insights, which will be of great value to any reader. Highly recommended.

This book, Sensory History of Ancient Warfare: Reconstructing the Human Experience of Combat, is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of warfare and its effects on the people involved. It provides an in-depth examination of the experience of ancient warfare through a combination of historical and literary sources, archaeological evidence, and sensory analysis. 

You can buy the book here from Pen and Sword books.

Please note I was not paid to write this review but was sent a review copy of the book. All comments are my own, and the publishers have not amended the review in any way.