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MILH362 - Ancient Military History


This course is a comprehensive survey of ancient and classical warfare (prehistory to c. AD 500) in Western Civilization from the origins of warfare in the Paleolithic period to the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century. The millennia under study in this course were a dynamic period in warfare, full of important discoveries and innovations in martial technologies, strategy, organization and combined-arms tactics, fortification, siege craft, and naval warfare. Students will read and analyze a wide variety of sources on ancient and classical warfare in Mesopotamia and the Near East (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian and Persian), Egypt (Old, Middle and New Kingdom), Greece (Mycenaean, Archaic, Hellenic and Hellenistic) and Rome (Republican and Imperial) in order to develop an appreciation of the important contributions of these civilizations to the continuity of warfighting in the Western world. (Prerequisite - HIST300/HS334 for History and Military History majors only).






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
09/24/18 - 03/01/19 03/04/19 - 04/28/19 Winter 2019 Session D - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN: 9780813333021
Publication Info: Perseus Books Group
Author: Ferrill, Arther
Unit Cost: $57.51
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Book Title: Warfare in the Ancient World-e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN: 9781844151738
Publication Info: Pen & Sword
Author: Carey, Brian Todd, Joshua Allfree and John Cairns
Unit Cost: $24.70
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