Ancient history students stage mock battle

Students in Prof. Andrea Gatzke’s ancient history classes recently staged a mock battle using ancient battlefield tactics.  After reading ancient sources that described the techniques of the ancient Greeks and Romans, students recreated the formations used by ancient armies.  Armed with cardboard shields and 10 foot plastic spears, they formed into phalanxes, pioneered by the ancient Greeks, and attacked each other in the wheeling motion described in the original documents.  They also experimented with Roman formations called cohorts. You can see a video of the ancient Greek phalanxes attacking each other here:

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