Author Archives: barrycjacobsen

The HUNDRED DAYS COMES TO A BLOODY END, AS NAPOLEON IS DEFEATED AT WATERLOO (Part 2)

(Part One can be found here) Looking over the valley below from his position at Le Belle Alliance, Napoleon surveyed a strangely quite scene. It was 3:00 pm, and the tide of battle had temporarily receded. The ground between the two opposing armies was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

BELISARIUS AT DARAS: A STUDY IN THE USE OF INTERIOR LINES

Faced by a numerically superior opponent, Belisarius countered with field works, maneuver and a masterful use of interior lines  In 530 A.D., the Eastern Roman Empire’s province of Mesopotamia was invaded by a large and well equipped Sassanid Persian army. The target of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

THE DEADLIEST BLOGGER LIST OF THE 25 GREATEST COMMANDERS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Once again, Deadliest Blogger presents its list of Greatest Commanders of history. This time, we take a stab at the Middle Ages, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary: The period of European history from the fall of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 43 Comments

THE MYTH OF SPARTAN INVINCIBILITY IS DESTROYED AT THE BATTLE OF LEUCTRA

Epaminondas of Thebes Changes the Face of Warfare With the Oblique Attack The Peloponnesian War indisputably established Sparta as the paramount power in the Greek World. Though that long conflict had been waged, ostensibly, by Sparta to free the Greek city-states … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

THE DEADLIEST BLOGGER LIST OF THE 25 GREATEST COMMANDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

  One of the most popular topics of discussion among historians (both amateur and professional) concerns what generals in history deserve to be ranked as “Great”; and of these, who was the greatest. The former is more easily determined than … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

LIEGNITZ, 1241: THE MONGOL TERROR REACHES POLAND

Genghis  Khan (properly pronounced, “Chinghis”) was one of history’s greatest conquerors. After uniting the nomadic tribes north of the Great Wall, he created the most mobile army the world has ever seen. To this day, no armies have traveled further … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PHALANX vs LEGION: CLOSING THE DEBATE

With the popularity of such films as Alexander,  300, and its sequel 300: Rise of Empire a broader audience is being introduced (sometimes for the first time) to the warriors of ancient Greece. These films are generally poor educational tools, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE – REVIEW

2006’s blockbuster film 300 introduced theater-going audiences to Frank Miller’s artistic envisioning of the Battle of Thermopylae. It was a world that bore only a tangential similarity to the historical reality of Ancient Greece and the Persian Wars; well documented by such … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES (PART 7)

(This is the seventh in a series concerning the Wars of the Diadachi. Part 1 can be read here, and includes comprehensive biographies of the players in this drama. It is strongly advised that you start there before reading on here. Stay tuned … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES (PART 6)

(This is the sixth in a series concerning the Wars of the Diadachi. Part 1 can be read here, and includes comprehensive biographies of the players in this drama. It is strongly advised that you start there before reading on here. Stay tuned … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments