Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period

Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period

Hardback Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava, 0169-8958 Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

By (author) Debra Hamel

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 20mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004109005
  • ISBN 13: 9789004109001
  • Sales rank: 2,114,840

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This study of the Athenian "strategia" is concerned with identifying the locus of military authority in the Athenian "polis," Consideration of the role played by generals in the deliberative and final stages of military expeditions and of the relationship between "strategoi" and their subordinates, colleagues, and the Athenian "demos" itself suggests that Athens' generals did not exercise significant authority over their city's military operations. Rather, the "demos" controlled its generals both by means of its direct involvement in decision-making related to campaigns and by establishing in Athens a climate of fear which was very often sufficient to dissuade generals from acting in opposition to the Athenians' will. This volume is important reading for anyone who is interested in ancient military history or the question of sovereignty in Athens.

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Debra Hamel, a graduate of Yale University (Ph.D., 1996), lives in North Haven, Connecticut.