About the Society

The Society of Ancients is an international amateur society for the promotion of the study of ancient and medieval military history and wargaming the period 3000 BC to 1500 AD. It is run by volunteers for the benefit of its worldwide membership. The Society publishes a bi-monthly journal, Slingshot, and sponsors various events, including wargames tournaments.

The Society was formed in 1965 by Tony Bath with 20 or so founder members. Our membership is now over 1100 worldwide. Membership is open to all, and lasts for 6 issues of Slingshot. Most of the content is contributed by Society members on a wide range of items related to Ancient and Medieval military history and wargaming.

An introduction to the Society is also available on YouTube.

The Society also publishes a number of games and booklets which are available from our web store below:


 

 

Gladiolus

£30

This game of classical single combat is for two players who each have either a gladiator or a wild animal.  Play is challenging and entirely without dice, relying upon a player’s ability to outmanoeuvre and bluff his opponent.  Games are fast, with a typical combat taking 10-15 minutes and an entire multi-combat tournament can be conducted in an evening.

In our hearts, who is not, in some way, Spartacus?

This luxury remake of the Society’s most successful board game includes sturdy, pre-cut counters and no fewer than 140 ready-to-go cards – no cutting and pasting required. 

Suitable for ages 12 upwards.

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legion rulebook cover

Legion - NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN

£15

The 2015 revision of Phil Sabin's grand-tactical classic Legion. Features fully redesigned art work, colour board and counters and 36 historical battle scenarios.

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Strategos II

£6 

The 2015 reprint of Strategos II, Phil Sabin's third-generation rules for refighting ancient battles.  Building on the ideas of Phalanx and Legion before it, Strategos II further refines Professor Phil Sabin's vision of how to simulate ancient warfare using easy-to-grasp mechanisms. Includes 36 historical scenarios.

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Front cover of the Call It Qids rules booklet

Call it Qids

£7

The SoA 2012 bonus game is now available for separate purchase. Call it Qids is a fast paced, highly replayable game based around the Battle of Qadesh. By Graham Evans and Ian Russell Lowell.

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Front cover of the Domino Double Header rules booklet

Domino Double Header

£6

The 2011 bonus game, now available for separate purchase, actually includes two games: an Elephant in the Room, by Graham Evans, and Greyhound in the Slips, by Phil Steele. They require several sets of dominoes (not provided).

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Roma Invicta?

£6 

The 2008 bonus game. A simulation game of the first two years of Hannibal's Italian campaign during the Second Punic War, designed by by Garrett Mills and Professor Philip Sabin.

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Corvus rules front cover

Corvus

£5

Wargame Rules for Ancient Naval Warfare from 320 to 30BC by Richard Lee.

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The Society needs you!

The Society of Ancients is a volunteer organisation, and relies on its members.  It's very easy to join -– just go to the join page, add a membership to your cart and check out using Paypal.  You can alternatively download a postal membership form here.  Membership costs £27 for 6 issues of Slingshot (normally a year).

Renewal

Membership now runs for six issues from the point that you subscribe from, rather than annually.  The Join page will tell you the first issue you will receive and your membership number will tell you the issue after which you need to renew.  Renewal is easy - just purchase a new subscription in the webstore and the membership secretary will match up your details.