Strategies, Tactics, and Battles of the Ancient World
This is a nine-session course focusing on the tactics and strategies of warfare during many of the most important battles of the ancient world. Students will examine the localities of ancient civilizations and ask why these people fought with one another.
The battles of the ancient world span many centuries and occurred throughout many cultures. Students will investigate the methods used by soldiers to fight; they will also explore the tools and weapons used in combat. From the Egyptian victory over the Hittite Empire at the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 B.C. to the defeat of the Roman legions at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 B.C., these battles and the heroes they inspired created a long-lasting impact on military history. But why? Why are they still studied today, more than 2,000 years later? What can we learn from remembering such battles? What was the attitude of the world during these times?
Students will learn about various individuals involved in the battles, including Xerxes of Persia, King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo of Sparta, King Pyrrhus of Epirus, Alexander the Great of Macedonia, Spartacus, and Consul Crassus of Rome.
Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 3rd to July 29th
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.