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 n-specialists, and re-enactors alike.
Fabrice De Backer received his doctorates in Ancient Near Eastern Philology and History from the Universite Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve and Sciences of Antiquity from the Universite 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).