Christopher Webber has always been interested in military history and wargaming. He studied Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales, and Journalism at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. He has published numerous articles in magazines and military history journals. He has been studying the Thracians for twenty years and has created a huge web site on the subject. He published the article "Odrysian Cavalry Arms, Equipment, and Tactics "in British Archaeology Reports International Series 1139, 2003. He has an MA in Ancient History and is currently working towards his PhD. His first book, The Thracians 700 BC-46 AD (Oxford, 2001), challenged the accepted view of the appearance of Thracian warriors and the type of weapons they used. Chris Webber grew up in England, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Australia. He has been studying the Thracians part-time for 30 years, participated in archaeological digs in Bulgaria, and visited the region many times. He studied Ancient History at the University of New England, Armidale and is currently working towards his PhD at Sydney University. As well as his books, he has published many magazine and journal articles.
I was very surprised by the amount of interesting material in the book. I had initially passed on it, as I have no Thracian Army and wasn't planning on one. However, some good reviews and a chance encounter in a bookshop whilst slightly hungover soon persuaded me. There is a very interesting discussion of the development of the Peltast from its Thracian origins - including a worthwhile section on Iphicrates (in all his interpretations) too. All in all, a book with more to offer than the title suggests, and very interesting to read. - Lead Astray