Silvannen Gerrard holds a PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Manchester (2020). Her research focuses on the military developments of the Hellenistic period, specialising in the mounted troops of the Seleucid Empire. Silvannen is quickly becoming a recognised, leading expert on unconventional military units such as war-elephants, scythed chariots, and camel-archers, and her work particularly examines how these individual contingents were integrated into the armies that employed them.
Some ancient sources claim that elephants were given wine before battle in order to rouse them into a fighting frenzy. But was this practical or even safe?
The idea that ancient armies would set a pig on fire sounds like the fantasy found in computer games, but the claim it is not as ridiculous as it may first appear.