The armies of Carthage were diverse, made up of men of various ethnic groups, military specializations, and even motivations. Whilst some were citizen soldiers fighting on behalf of their state, others were ruthless mercenaries who remained loyal only so long as they were paid. As the Punic Wars progressed and the merits of professional soldiers became appreciated, mercenaries became the backbone of Carthaginian armies. Backed up by detailed reference to historical sources, this book examines the life of a Carthaginian warrior, following his experiences from initial recruitment to final battle, and focusing on what he ate, the equipment he carried and the tactics he used on the battlefield. This in-depth analysis of warriors in daily life and battle is accompanied by archival photographs and vibrant illustrations from Steve Noon.
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Dr. Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.Review:
"Through the use of detailed historical references this book give in-depth analysis of the Carthaginian warrior’s daily life, from the experiences of his initial recruitment to his final battle ... The author includes archival photographs and vivid illustrations, plus specially commissioned full-color artwork depicting the soldiers, their equipment, uniforms and battle scenes." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)
"The author, Nic Fields, is a PhD in Ancient History and writes an interesting and concise history of the time." - Greater Games Industry (Spring 2011)
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