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Seller: ancientgifts (4,286) 99.4% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381824637575 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Chariot: From Chariot to Tank, The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine by Arthur Cotterell. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 344 pages. Publisher: The Overlook Press; (2004). The chariot changed the face of ancient warfare. First in Mesopotamia, then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield. Its use as a war machine is graphically recounted in Indian epics and Chinese chronicles. Homer's "Iliad" tells of the attack on Troy by Greek heroes who rode in chariots. In 326 B.C. Alexander the Great faced charioteers in northern India, while in 55 B.C. Julius Caesar's forces were met by chariots on the beaches of Britain. "Chariot", a compelling history of what is now acknowledged as the world's first war machine, traces the rise and fall of the chariot across the Old World; through Ireland, Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. It examines the chariot's influence on modern mechanized warfare, and its resonance in the popular imagination, from ancient art and literature to the films of Hollywood. Rich in historical anecdote and engrossing narrative, "Chariot" offers riveting descriptions of the military confrontations in which the deployment of chariots heavily influenced the outcome of battles and changed the fate of countries and empires. From 1286 B.C. at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean, where the troops of Ramses II overwhelmed the Hittites with 5,000 chariots; to Rome in 67 A.D. when the Emperor Nero drove his own ten-horse chariot in the Olympic Games (he fell out but still won the prize); to Constantinople in 352 A.D., when a three-day riot, ignited by a chariot race, left more than 30,000 people dead after Emperor Justinian had to send in troops to restore order; the fascinating story of the chariot provides a key to understanding the pivotal scenes and personalities that have left their marks on history. With nearly a hundred illustrations depicting the chariot's influence in warfare, as a religious symbol of profound significance, in sport, literature, and art throughout the ages, and not least in Hollywood films such as "Ben Hur"; "Chariot" provides a broad-ranging and fascinating view of a machine that has exerted a monumental impact on our world. Arthur Cotterell is Principal of Kingston College of Further Education in Surrey, England, and combines a career in education with an extensive background in ancient civilizations. His previous books include, "The Minoan World", "The Penguin Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations", The Pimlico Dictionary of Classical Mythologies", and "China: A Cultural History". CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Overlook Press (2004) 344 pages. Unblemished and pristine in every respect. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: A cross-cultural study of chariot warfare detailing the chariot's use as a war machine right across the Old World, from Ireland to Korea as well as its ceremonial and religious use in the days of early Mesopotamia right up to twentieth-century filmmakers. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This dense but readable scholarly study summarizes the chariot's history from its disputed origins in Europe and Asia more than 4000 years ago to its continued life on the wide screen. British scholar Cotterell ("The Minoan World") reveals the workings of a vehicle that was, throughout its history, primarily a platform for archers (although halberds and spears were not unknown). In its mature form, it required three developments; the spoked wheel (lighter than the solid one), the powerful compound bow, and the domesticated horse (faster than oxen, more powerful than the ass). As it developed, it also represented some of the most sophisticated Bronze Age technology. Some Egyptian chariots are known to have weighed less than 60 pounds, and the charioteer was one of the earliest examples of a warrior elite selected for skill rather than birth. The author is cheerfully discursive about chariots in the Homeric and Hindu epics, and has provided a lavish array of illustrations so that practically nothing mentioned is left undepicted. It's not light reading at any point but informative throughout. The eventual demise of the chariot (more or less paralleling the decline of Rome), he shows, arose from improved infantry weapons, tactics that could cripple, or at least deter, horses, and cavalry that could move on rougher ground. REVIEW: In this entertaining work, Cotterell ("The Encyclopedia of World Mythology") immediately sets out all that was distinctive about the chariot, namely, the spoked wheel, the trained horses, and the composite bow. He divides his subsequent discussion geographically, covering the evolution of the chariot's use in various regions of Asia and Europe. Finally, topical chapters consider racing and modern misconceptions about the chariot. Historians will be fascinated by the numerous analyses, such as how the number of spokes varied from culture to culture, thus furnishing clues as to who borrowed from whom technologically. The shrewd scholar will also look here for information about bow construction and the many aspects of the domestication and use of horses in war. This work is abundantly illustrated, not only with renditions of the various chariots, weapons, and charioteers but also with representations of the chariot in art and literature. This work is a welcome addition to a collection specializing in military history or ancient history but will appeal to general readers as well because the writing is accessible despite the plethora of detail. An excellent bibliography is included. REVIEW: Narrating the development and disappearance of the world's first war machine, this book reminds readers that much of the power of ancient empires was two-wheeled and horse-driven. Harnessed to other historians' broad-spectrum research on the causes of the end of the Bronze Age, Cotterell argues that, much like the later introduction of the stirrup, chariot technology dramatically recast battlefield strategy across the ancient world. Egyptians employed chariots as all-purpose fighting machines, while Roman chariots were more ceremonial, and Indian troops used theirs as archery platforms. Chinese engineers developed more efficient harnesses, permitting heavier cars. The author's comparative approach broadens the appeal of what would otherwise seem a narrow topic, but this account nevertheless behaves as a detailed military history. Particularly interesting for such scholarship, the author also discusses the chariot as a vehicle for modern popular culture; it aims to dispel the notion that chariots were simply horse-pulled tanks. Scholarly yet accessible, and not just for "Ben Hur" fans. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: An excellent book focused on the chariot, its development and use. The strength of the book is that it puts the chariot in its military, social, literary, and religious context. It is not a straight forward military history. In fact it is more of a social and cultural analysis of the chariot with a great deal of analysis and emphasis on the chariot in society. Of particular note is the early analysis of the key elements of chariot development from the combined need of weapons development (the bow and spear), the technological requirement for a light yet sturdy vehicle, and the difficulty in breeding and training horses. The author then reviews how the chariot and its related requirements developed in west Asia, India, and China; how the weapon system and/or its components spread from one region to another. If you're looking for a good contextual history of the chariot this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for a standard military history of the chariot in battle, you'd best look elsewhere. REVIEW: This book piqued my interest last week, as my interests in Military History reading the last few years have shifted increasingly toward the more ancient periods. I consider the purchase money well spent. The book discusses the importance of chariotry both in warfare and in culture across a range of cultures. The author breaks his material into discussions of West Asia and Egypt, India and China. I suspect much of the general material concerning West Asia and Egypt (with discussions of Kadesh and Megiddo, The Iliad and Greek Heroic traditions, burial discoveries from Egyptian and Greek sites, etc.) won't be new to most readers, but a lot of the details behind this general approach may be. What I particularly appreciated were the discussions of the chariot in India and China, as (at least for me) these are areas I know little about, and have had a hard time finding much to overcome my ignorance. These discussions don't just focus on evidence of use in military battles, but also discuss the role of chariots in cultural foundations such as the Indian epic Mahabharata. As an added bonus, while the focus clearly lies on the role of the chariot in ancient warfare, the reader can also learn a bit about comparative religion/mythology (similarities between Greek or Roman gods and those of India, for example), migrations of ancient people, influence of trade between civilizations, and more. The end notes do a very nice job of expounding on the more interesting topics of each chapter (think of the notes as being "sidebars" to the main work), and generally at the end of each note the author recommends a further source or two he considers good for the reader interested in learning more about that topic. While I found a few (emphasis on few) sections to be a bit heavy reading, the book as a whole reads very easily, especially considering the amount of information included. REVIEW: Arthur Cotterell takes on a fascinating topic, the use of chariots in ancient warfare. Cotterell explores in considerable detail the whole long story of chariots in warfare. He is firmly of the school that identifies military chariots as, primarily, archery platforms. Well worth reading. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. 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