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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 9:45 p.m. PST

"Ancient Greece. Ancient Rome. These words conjure up powerful images: the Olympic Games and the siege of Troy for the former; emperors, legions and gladiator fights for the latter. Two civilisations that impacted massively on world history, their effects are still evident today in language and legal structures, in sport, medicine and philosophy. It's odd then that the clash between the two powers is so little-known today. Researching the period, I was amazed that no one had written, recently at least, about one of the most seismic moments in European history. Clash of Empires is the result, and the first in a two-part series.

Let us set the stage. Before the outbreak of the second Punic war in 218 BC (the one with Hannibal and the passage of the Alps with elephants!), the Roman Republic controlled perhaps three-quarters of the Italian peninsula. Its only external territories were the islands of Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia. There were four other powers in the Mediterranean world, two of which were a great deal larger than Rome. In order of size these were the Seleucid Empire, which extended from modern-day Turkey to India, Carthage on the North African coast, which also controlled most of the Iberian peninsula, Ptolemaic Egypt, ruled by Greek-speaking descendants of one of Alexander's generals, and Macedon, which dominated much of Greece…"
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Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 11:00 a.m. PST

Not little known, 'round here.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 4:40 p.m. PST

(smile)

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Delbruck09 Sep 2019 5:42 a.m. PST

Little known?
Is this a wargaming forum?

jefritrout09 Sep 2019 9:31 a.m. PST

Seleucid, Carthaginian, Ptolemaic armies were the first that I ever painted up almost 40 years ago.

dogtail13 Sep 2019 8:52 a.m. PST

Of course everybody around here knows the battle of Cynoscephalae, but imho the Punic Wars, Pyrrhus in Magna Graecia and Alexander as G.O.A.T. take so much of the spotlight, that pointing to other conflicts is always useful. And the closer you look the more you know that you did not know.
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Old Pete14 Sep 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

I've been using Macedonian armies for 50 years, new period to wargaming ? not really I would think.

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