International Ancient Warfare Conference

International Ancient Warfare Conference (IAWC) 2023 – European Part

Dr. Lennart Gilhaus, Department of Ancient History, University of Bonn
LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn
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Daimler and Benz Foundation / University of Bonn
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Vom - Bis
22.06.2023 - 24.06.2023
Lennart Gilhaus, Abt. Alte Geschichte, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft

Every year, the International Warfare Conference gives researchers on ancient warfare from all over the world the opportunity to present and discuss their current work and ideas.

International Ancient Warfare Conference (IAWC) 2023 – European Part

Every year, the International Warfare Conference gives researchers on ancient warfare from all over the world the opportunity to present and discuss their current work and ideas.

This year's conference is divided into two venues: The European part will take place in Bonn (organized by Lennart Gilhaus), the North American part in Sioux Falls (organized by Graham Wrightson). All presentations will also be broadcast via Zoom. Access data can be requested at


22th June 2023

Warfare in the Greek World

IGNACIO JESUS ALVAREZ SORIA (Zaragoza, Spain): An Easy Victory. The Athenian Expedition in Aetolia in 426 BC

LENNART GILHAUS (Bonn, Germany): City assaults and unbounded violence – The destruction of Motye as a model for the capture of cities in the Greek World

OLE SEBASTIAN SIEMS (Berlin, Germany): The last journey of the Argyraspids – a case study on the political role of Alexander’s veterans in the early wars of the Diadochoi

Coffee Break

The Roman Civil Wars

CARLOS ESPÍ FORCÉN (Murcia, Spain): Caesar’s Elephant: A Powerful Icon in Time of War

DAVID HACK (Austria, Vienna): A Land of Confusion? – Irregular and personal power versus state control of military forces in Archaic Etruria and Rome.

Lunch Break

Keynote Lecture
FERNANDO ECHEVERRÍA (Madrid, Spain): Translations, analogies and metaphors. Interpreting ancient warfare in the 21st century

Parallel Sessions:

Women and Warfare

MARCO ALMANSA FERNANDEZ (Santander, Spain): Mulierum Agmen. Women and Roman Army: Making the Invisible Visible

PEDRO D. CONESA NAVARRO (Madrid, Spain) / Carlos Espí Forcén (Murcia- Spain): The Fulvia-Victory Bust: A Female Image for the Wars of the Second Triumvirate

AMANTHEE PUSSEPITIYA (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka): “Women’s Invisibility” in Military History. A case-by-case analysis of reasons for the female erasure from the historical narrative

Greeks and the Others

TATIANA TERESHCHENKO (Moscow, Russia): Military Theme in the Images of the Others in Greek Vase Painting of the Middle of the 6th–Early 4th Centuries BC

DANIEL EMMELIUS (Essen, Germany): Insane undertakings? Cambyses and the crossing of deserts with armies in Herodotus

FLORIAN FEIL (Trier, Germany): Scythian lancers and their influence on fourth-century Persian, Thracian and Macedonian cavalry

Coffee Break

Rome and the Others

PETER FREIHERR VON DANCKELMAN (Oldenburg, Germany): Steppe Warfare and a Palmyrene Militia?

JULIAN GIESEKE (Bielefeld, Germany): At the emperor’s service: The armies of dependent states and peoples as a military factor in the early imperial period

ALASTAIR LUMSDEN (St Andrews, Scotland): What it means to be a Man: Elite Masculinity and Military Development in Cisalpine Gaul c.400–50.

Home and Away in Classical Greece

PHYLLIS BRIGHOUSE (Liverpool, England): War and Greek old comedy: A dialogue between past and present in Aristophanes´ knights

IOANNIS MITSIOS (Athens, Greece): Sacrificial virgins in Athens and Boeotia: A comparative study

MICHAEL ZERJADTKE (Hamburg, Germany): Disarming and rearming citizens: The social and political relevance of weapon possession in classical Greece

23th June 2023

Assassinations: The Greek World

FIONA PHILLIPS (Oxford, England): Carian Conflict! The failed assassination of Mausolus

JULIUS GUTHRIE (Exeter, England): The assassination of Dion

ÖMER GÜNGÖRMÜŞ (Efeler, Turkey): Sealing the fate of a dynasty: Assassinations of the late Argead royals of Macedonia

Coffee Break

Assassinations: The Roman World

ALEXANDER THEIN (Dublin, Ireland): Political assassinations in the Sullan period: c. 90–70 BC

JURRIAAN GOUW (Edinburgh, Scotland): The role of the Praetorian Guard in the assassination of Domitian and the rise of Trajan

SILVIO ROGGO (Frankfurt, Germany): An unsuccessful assassin’s career in Constantinople

Lunch Break

Parallel Sessions:

The Roman Imperial Army

JOANNA BALL (Liverpool, England): Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? Combat Disintegration and the Roman Army

ANNA BUSETTO (Milan/Padua, Italy): (Not so) elementary, my dear Arrian! Tackling a locus desperatus in Arrian’s Tactica

HANNA FRITZ (Innsbruck, Austria): Grain supply in Roman frontier zones: a comparison of the Vindolanda tablets and the Bu Njem Ostraca

KORNEEL VAN LOMMEL (Antwerp/Leuven, Belgium): How to seize power? Political violence during the Year of the Five Emperors

Greek Tactics

NATASHA BERSHADSKY (Bonn/Harvard, Germany/USA): The death of Patroklos and the beginning of the phalanx

RAIMON GRAELLS I FABREGAT (Alicante, Spain) / Alessandro Pace (Fribourg, Switzerland): Weapons and Hoplites. A Critical Discourse from Vases, Texts, and Realia

ISABELL TSCHEINIG (Graz, Austria): Social aspects of the lightly armed troops in the classical period
GEORGIOS TSIAKALOS (Athens/Crete, Greece): Inglorious Warriors: the Aetolian elite fighters and their controversial tactics.

24th June 2023

The Punic Wars

BRYANT AHRENBERG (Auckland, New Zealand): Ship-Binding in Antiquity: The Practice, Purpose, and Possibilities

FABRIZIO BIGLINO (Turino, Italy): Rethinking the causes of the Third Punic War

GABRIELE BRUSA (Pavia, Italy): Marcellus at Nola and the employment of the “long spears of the naval soldiers”: trying to make sense of Plutarch, Marcellus, 12.2

Coffee Break

Warfare in the Roman Republic

MARIAN HELM (Münster, Germany): Creating “natural fighters”: Age and social expectations in the Roman republican army

SALLY MUBARAK (St Andrews, Scotland): The Plot Thickens: Repatriation and Burial of War-dead in the Mid-Republican Period

THERESIA RAUM (Hamburg, Germany): A matter of time – The logics of military violence in the Roman republic

Lunch Break

Parallel Sessions:

Classical Sparta

MARTINE DIEPENBROEK (Johannesburg, South Africa): The Spartan scytale: A simple stick or a useful cryptographic device? Misinterpretations of the use of the scytale as a cryptographic device in ancient Sparta in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE

IMOGEN HERRAD (Bonn, Germany): Plataiai 479: “The others obeyed, but not Amompharetos” (Hdt. 9.53.2) A case study of Spartan disobedience

HAN PEDAZZINI (Torino, Italy): Alone in command. The legality problem of Spartan military prostasia after the King's Peace

Late Antiquity I

ŁUKASZ RÓŻYCKI (Poznan, Poland): Roman night combat in VI century – theory and practice

CHRISTOPHER IAN LILLINGTON-MARTIN (Barcelona, Spain): Narratives of the Battle of Dara, 530

DOUGLAS WHALIN (Vienna, Austria): Roman strategy in the second Roman-Arab war (AD 654—659)

Coffee Break

Late Antiquity II

WINFRIED KUMPITSCH (Graz, Austria): The cultic role of the officers in the Christian Roman army

CHRISTIAN MICHEL (Essen, Germany): Better men? Court eunuchs as generals in the Eastern Roman Empire

JULIUS SCHWARZ (Bonn, Germany): “Reading” the late Roman army



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