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Want to build a Roman legion? fancy yourself as a bit of a Caesar? or maybe you want to be a Boadicea leading your wild blue tattooed fanatical warbands? Ancient history is history from the beginnings of the human race until the early Middle Ages (the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD). War and Peace Games covers the Greek and Roman Period including the amazing Carthaginian Wars and Imperial Rome, plus Celts, Germans, Dacians and Persians. Have a look at our growing ranges including Warlord Games, Crusader Miniatures and Artizan and we should have an army to suit..more to come!!
It was the greatest empire of the ancient world; the Republican and then Imperial Roman war machine was unrivalled in organisation and tactics.
With the tough centurions leading from the front, it was the world's first professional army and for hundreds of years the ultimate fighting
machine. There was no kingdom or state that could withstand the unforgiving Legions of the Roman Empire...
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Ancient Britons
The Britons (sometimes Brythons or British) were the Celtic people living in Great Britain from the Iron Age through the Early Middle Ages.They mostly lived throughout south of Britain.
In AD 43 when the Roman Empire invaded Britain, the Britons initially opposed the Roman legions. By AD 84 the Romans had conquered as far north as the Clyde-Forth isthmus, where they built the Antonine Wall and after just twenty years they retreated south to Hadrian's Wall. Although the native Britons mostly kept their land, they were subject to the Roman governors...

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Ancient Carthaginians
The Punic Wars took place during 264-146BC.   Under the Punics, or Carthaginians, the Mediterranean city of Carthage, situated along the coast of Tunis, became rich and powerful. Not surprisingly, it became a source of rivalry between Syracuse and Rome resulting in several wars and respective invasions of each others land (and many elephants).  
While Hannibal's successful invasion of Italy in the Second Punic War led to Carthaginian victory at Cannae and a serious threat to the continued Roman rule over Italy - it seriously weakened Carthage. After the third Punic War War, Carthage was destroyed by the Romans in 46BC. The city was refounded by the Romans and became one of the three most important cities of Rome until its destruction by the Muslims in 698AD.
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Ancient Celts
Europe throughout most of the historical period was dominated by a single cultural group, a powerful, diverse group of peoples, the Celts. By the start of the Middle Ages, the Celts had been struck on two fronts by two very powerful cultures, Rome in the south, and the Germans, themselves derived from Celtic culture, in the north.
From the classical Greek period (corresponding to the La Têne culture in central Europe) to the first centuries AD, most of Europe was under the shadow of this diverse but in many ways fairly unified culture.

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Ancient Dacians
The Dacians, (a branch of the Thracian Getai) lived around Transylvania. With the Getai they were claimed to have have been able to muster a combined army of 200,000 men during the time of Roman emperor Augustus (30 BC - 14 AD).
The Roman Emperor Trajan (ruled 97 - 117 AD) decided to conquer the Dacian kingdom, partly in order to seize its vast gold mines but it took him two major wars (the Dacian Wars), one in 101-102 AD and the other one in 105-106 AD. Wars so bloody and hard fought that they were portrayed forever in stone on Trajan's column.

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Ancient Germans
Julius Caesar's legions first met these fierce Tribes in around 50BC through the Gallic War (where he also met the Celts). Direct Roman attacks on German tribes began again under Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus, who pushed across the Rhine in 12-9 BC, while other Roman forces assaulted Germanic tribes through the middle Danube. Fierce fighting in both areas, and the famous victory of the German Arminius in the Teutoburger Forest in AD 9 (when three Roman legions were massacred), showed the Romans that conquering these tribes would require too much effort.

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Ancient Gladiators
Gladiators were professional fighters in Ancient Rome who fought with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Sometimes volunteers, Gladiators were mostly slaves schooled under harsh conditions, social marginalization, and segregation even in death. Despite this, they were seen as examples of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they inspired admiration and fame. Gladiators became an essential feature of politics and social life throughout Ancient Rome.
Gladiatorial events continued even after Christianity became the official religion in the 4th century where they were sponsored by Christian Emperors for entertainment, until at least the late 5th century.
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Ancient Greeks
The city states of Ancient Greeks developed warfare through the invention of the Hoplite Phalanx. The Phalanx was a formation of soldiers who fought shoulder to shoulder behind large shields which provided protection for themselves and their neighbour in line. Armed with long spears and in ranks up to 16 or men deep, the Hoplite warriors dominated warfare from the 7th to 3rd Century BC.
Until the development of the Roman maniple system there was no force that could stand up to a phalanx except another phalanx. Irregular and undisciplined troops could not break the wall of shields and spears. Even the famed Persians came to rely on mercenary Greek Hoplites as the backbones of their armies after repeated defeats by the Greeks.
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Ancient Macedonians
Ancient Macedon was renowned for its military might. Phillip II introduced a new kind of infantry known as the Macedonian phalanx, in which each soldier carried a long spear (called a sarissa) that was approximately 13 to 20 feet long. The tight formation of the Macedonian phalanx formed a wall of spears, which was considered nearly impenetrable.
In 334 B.C., Phillip II's son, Alexander led the Macedonian army across the narrow straights of the Hellespont into northwest Turkey. In one long military campaign that lasted 11 years, he conquered the Persian Empire, making Macedonia the largest, most powerful empire in the world.
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Ancient Parthians
The Parthians ruled from 247 BCE to 224 CE creating a vast empire that stretched from the Mediterranean in the west to India and China in the east. East of the Caspian Sea there emerged from the steppe of Central Asia a nomadic Scythian tribe called the Parni. Later called the Parthians and taking over the Seleucid Empire and fending off the Romans, they established themselves as a superpower in their own right. more info
Ancient Numidians
The Numidians were semi-nomadic Berber tribes who lived in Numidia (eastern Algeria and in part of Tunisia and Morocco. The Numidians were one of the earliest natives to trade with Carthage. As Carthage grew the relationship with the Numidians blossomed. Carthage's military used the Numidian cavalry as mercenaries.
Numidia provided some of the best quality cavalry of the Second Punic War, and the Numidian cavalry played a key role in a number of battles, both early on in support of Hannibal and later in the war after switching allegiance to the Roman Republic.

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Ancient Persians
The Ancient Persian or Early Achaemenid empire dominated the Middle East from modern Turkey to India. With vast wealth and large populations to draw on the ancient Persian kings fielded enormous armies (although modern movies aside, they didn't seem to have rhinoceros cavalry!) that controlled their sprawling empire.
Traditional foes of the Ancient Greeks, our range covers the armies of Xerxes and Darius and the two major invasions of Greece. Refight the battle of Thermopylae or Plataea.
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