Ancient Origins – February 2019
English | 85 pages | True PDF | 36.4 MB

War is a recurring & omnipresent human phenomenon that has existed throughout history. In the ancient world, warfare was more than fighting itself. It was an integral part of daily life that encompassed political, economic, & cultural spheres. And then, there was the religious realm, where kings ruled by divine mandate & fortunes in battle were determined by heavenly forces & powerful war gods.
Ancient Originns magazine Warfare is often glorified in the mythologies & legends of these war gods & goddesses, as well as in tales of sacrifice, bravery, and conquests by powerful warriors. But we contrast this view with a look at the brutality that is ubiquitous to war, told here through the story of Becerrillo, an attack dog of the Spanish conquistadors that left trails of bodies in his wake.
Warfare has left its imprint in the shattered remains of millions of people around the world, each carrying their own story. James McBride, a forensic anthropologist, recreates some of their stories through art, & shares how both ancient & modern soldiers have used therapeutic art practices to cope with the trauma of war.
Author David G. Jones, a university lecturer and veteran of the Canadian Army, challenges the accepted view of Sun Tzu’s famous manual ‘The Art of War’, and claims that rather than being a ruthless tyrant, the First Emperor of China may have been one of the greatest peace-makers in history.
And was there ever really a Trojan War? Researcher Petros Koutoupis brings into question the traditional account of the Trojan War and the supposed discovery of Troy.
On a lighter note, we highlight a wonderful project by Cambridge University linguistics specialist, Dr Martin Worthington, who is reviving the ancient Babylonian language 2,000 years after falling out of use! We examine the odd phenomenon of mass hysteria which shows us that while social & political contexts—and even war—have changed over the centuries, human psychology has, for better or worse, largely remained the same.

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