Ancient Warriors

HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 15 December, 7.30pm

Warriors of the old world ranged from soldiers, mercenaries and assassins to zealots, commoners and scholars. They fought battles for emperors, kings, queens, fanatics and generals. Some murdered for greed, honour and fame. Others killed for religion, vengeance or just pure enjoyment. Whatever the cause, they were pawns – the tools of conquest and brutal suppression in a time before guns and machines of mass destruction made their form of warfare obsolete. From the sand-swept-landscape of Mesopotamia to the pristine Scandinavia, this series will visit the ancient world to learn about noteworthy and notorious men who slashed and pummelled their way into history.