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The age of the biblical warrior was one of both great technological development and innovation in warfare, and clashes between competing cultures in the ancient Middle East. The Sumerians were the first to introduce the use of bronze into warfare, and were centuries ahead of the Egyptians in the use of the wheel. The Assyrians developed chariot warfare and set the standard for a new equine-based military culture. The Babylonians had an army whose people were granted land in return for army service. Beginning in approximately 3000 BC with the Sumerians, this authoritative short history gives a masterly overview of warfare and fighting in the age of the Old Testament, including Akkadians, Early and Middle Kingdom Egypt and their enemies, Mycenean and Minoan Greece and Crete (including Homer), Assyrians and New Kingdom Egyptians, the Hittites, the Sea Peoples who gave rise to the Philistines, the Hebrew kingdom, the Babylonian kingdom, the Medes and later Persian Empires, finishing with Dark Age and early Classical Greece. Simon Elliott explains what light archaeology can shed on events in the Bible such as the famous 'walls came tumbling down' in the battle of Jericho, David the boy warrior who later faced the Philistines in two crucial battles, and Gideon whose military skills enabled him to defeat an army that vastly outnumbered his own. He also elucidates facts that still have resonance today, for instance the Philistines were originally the Peleset, who settled in Palestine. Peleset evolved to Philistine to Palestine today.
|Publication date:||28th November 2020|
|Categories:||Ancient history: to c 500 CE, Military history,|
Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is best known as an expert on Roman Britain and the Roman military, with his eight published books to date covering subjects including the Classis Britannica Roman navy in Britain, Roman legionaries, Roman military construction techniques, Roman Britain and Roman London, Julius Caesar, and the emperors Septimius Severus and Pertinax. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology and a Guide Lecturer for Andante Travels.More About Simon Elliott