The Neo-Assyrian Shield
Evolution, Heraldry, and Associated Tactics
By Fabrice De Backer and Evelyne Dehenin
This handbook analyses the different types of shields used by soldiers in the Neo-Assyrian army and their opponents. Written, visual, and material sources are analysed to illustrate practical aspects of defensive weaponry in the ancient Near East in the first millennium B.C. The origins, use, evolution, and manufacture of shields are considered in presenting a typology of these objects. The first study of its kind, this work will appeal to advanced scholars, graduate students, general non-specialists, and re-enactors alike.
Includes 211 b&w illustrations.
Overview of Neo-Assyrian History
The Manufacture of Shields
Fabrice De Backer received his doctorates in Ancient Near Eastern Philology and History from the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve and Sciences of Antiquity from the Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg II. He is a military history enthusiast as well as an archaeologist. He is author of The Neo-Assyrian Art of Siege Warfare (Brill, forthcoming).