Synopses & Reviews
Eloquent, exceptionally erudite history of the "Queen of Weapons." Traces sword's origin — from prehistory to its full growth during early Roman Empire. Discusses earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations: sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar and more. Enhanced by nearly 300 excellent line drawings.
Great Victorian scholar/adventurer's eloquent, erudite history of the "queen of weapons" -- from prehistory to early Roman Empire. Evolution and development of early swords, variations (sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, etc.), much more.
Table of Contents
LIST OF AUTHORITIES
I. PREAMBLE: ON THE ORIGIN OF WEAPONS
II. "MAN'S FIRST WEAPONS-THE STONE AND THE STICK. THE EARLIEST AGES OF WEAPONS. THE AGES OF WOOD, OF BONE, AND OF HORN"
III. "THE WEAPONS OF THE AGE OF WOOD : THE BOOMERANG AND THE SWORD OF WOOD; OF STONE, AND OF WOOD AND STONE COMBINED"
IV. THE PROTO-CHALCITIC OR COPPER AGE OF WEAPONS
V. "THE SECOND CHALCITIC AGE OF ALLOYS-BRONZE, BRASS, ETC : THE AXE AND THE SWORD"
VI. THE PROTO-SIDERIC OR EARLY IRON AGE OF WEAPONS
VII. THE SWORD : WHAT IS IT?
VIII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT EGYPT AND IN MODERN AFRICA
IX. "THE SWORD IN KHITA-LAND, PALESTINE AND CANAAN; PHŒNICIA AND CARTHAGE; JEWRY, CYPRUS, TROY, AND ETRURIA"
X. "THE SWORD IN BABYLONIA, ASSYRIA AND PERSIA, AND ANCIENT INDIA"
XI. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT GREECE : HOMER ; HESIOD AND HERODOTUS: MYCENÆ
XII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT ROME: THE LEGION AND THE GLADIATOR
XIII. THE SWORD AMONGST THE BARBARIANS (EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE)