Brian Campbell has selected and translated a wide range of pieces from the ancient military writers who tell us about the technical aspects of military practice and the management of armies.

The pieces cover a fascinating range of topics - battle formations and manoeuvres, different types of troops, the art of generalship, methods for conducting and resisting a siege, the construction of artillery and fortifications, and every kind of ploy used by generals to defeat their opponents.

Each piece is annotated with further explanation and context, making this an essential resource for everyone studying the army and warfare in the classical age.

Introduction: warfare in the Greek and Roman world  1. Organization, training and discipline  2. The general's role  3. Battle: military formations, tactics and stratagems  4. Attacking and defending cities  5. Military engineering: bridges, siege engines, and siege works