Talk:Ancient warfare

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Age of Empires 1 and potential plagiarism[edit]

I recall that the "chariots" section and the first paragraph of the "Egypt" section had also been present, word for word, in the computer game Age of Empires 1, which was quite popular in its time. As Age of Empires 1 precedes Wikipedia, I have to ask whether this article plagiarizes it or whether they both originate from the same source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anvilsmith (talkcontribs) 13:37, 12 August 2012 (UTC)


The definition of "ancient", which refers to the fall of Rome, seems suitable only for the Mediterranean. How would you define ancient with regard to China, for instance? Burschik 06:42, 28 Sep 2004 (UTC)

In fact, I believe that the Ancient period even in the Mediterranean is significantly earlier than Rome, which if I recall correctly belongs in the Classical, Post-Classical or Hellenic periods. However, in common usage beyond the textbook definition "ancient" is used to refer to anything before 600-700 AD and the start of the Dark Ages. Zrut (talk) 06:13, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Need a section on Archers & Skirmishers — various bows, javelins/pilum, & slings. RJH 18:10, 12 Oct 2004 (UTC)
  • might want to avoid sounding like recounting units from various gaming systems (& yes I know some are based on actual historical army divisions) --ZayZayEM 02:57, 13 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Removing headings[edit]

I'm removing the headings that have no information.

  • Strategy, tactics, and weapons (changing to "Tactics and weapons")
    • Armies
    • Strategy
  • (Removing from "Cultures")
    • Sumerian
    • Israel, Judea, and Samaria
    • Korean
    • Etruscan
    • British Islander
    • Celtic
Maurreen 01:59, 17 Oct 2004 (UTC)


This section reads like a guide to Rome: Total War. For a start, it suggests that most battles from the period were decided by flanking cavalry. In early ancient conflicts this would rarely have been the case, and where the Roman army was concerned cavalry only gained such significance towards the end of the Empire.

It also claims that armies were routed by attacking lightly armed skirmishers. This might be a common occurance in the online gaming community, but is hardly an informed comment on the tactics employed by pre-medieval armies.

I suggest this section be removed unless any of it can be supported by citations other than those that can be gleaned from gaming FAQs. -- (talk) 21:31, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

I came across this page after reading about it in the EB forums and can see it is in need of a lot of editing. Anyone else want to help me with the work needed to do this? (talk) 05:10, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

No Battle of Carchemish?[edit]

Is there a reason why this article omits the important battle of Carchemish? I couldn't see it in the battles list, so I've added it to the listing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:23, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

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