CHARIOT: From Chariot to Tank


CHARIOT: From Chariot to Tank

ARTHUR COTTERELL    Book Number: 84338    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'From Chariot To Tank, The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine', with 98 black and white illustrations and four maps, this is a very important book from 2005 we have discovered and imported from the USA, written by the British academic. First in Mesopotamia and then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield. Used as a war machine, classically recounted in Indian epics and Chinese chronicles. Homer's Iliad tells of the attack on Troy by Greek heroes in chariots. In 326BC Alexander the Great faced charioteers in Northern India, while in 55BC, Julius Caesar's forces were met by chariots on the beaches of Britain. Through Ireland, Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, the influence of the chariot on modern mechanised warfare and its resonance on the popular imagination from ancient arts and literature to the films of Hollywood are celebrated. Rich in historical anecdote, the book offers riveting discussions of the military confrontations. In 1286BC at Kadesh the troops of Ramses II overwhelmed the Hittites with 5,000 chariots. In 67AD the Emperor Nero, drove his own ten-horse chariot to the Olympic Games. He fell out but still won the prize. In Constantinople 352AD there was a three day riot, ignited by a chariot race, which left more than 30,000 people dead, after the Emperor Justinian had to send troops to restore order. In many ways the fascinating story of the chariot provides a key to understanding the pivotal and personalities that have left their mark on history. With nearly 100 illustrations of this symbol in sport, literature and art throughout history. 344pp.
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ISBN 9781585676675
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