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:


 

 


Corvus rules front cover

Corvus

£6

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

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The Saxon Shore is Burning

£15

A popular game of the Society of Ancients, the artwork has been entirely redone in full colour and the size of the mapboard and counters doubled in size in this new deluxe edition.

 

Here is an extract from the rulebook:

 

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘸𝘰-𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘧 367 𝘈.𝘋. 𝘈𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘪 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘈𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘪 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘗𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘹𝘰𝘯𝘪 𝘰𝘧 𝘜𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘎𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺/𝘓𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘦𝘯𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦’𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘐𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘴. 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳-𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺, 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘹𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘺 369 𝘈.𝘋. 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯, 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥.

 

The game consists of a map, tables, 400 counters (some spares and extras are also included) and these rules.  You will also need a six-sided die.

 

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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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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.