The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare: Volume 1, Greece, The Hellenistic World and the Rise of Rome

The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare: Volume 1, Greece, The Hellenistic World and the Rise of Rome


Edited by Philip Sabin, Edited by Hans Van Wees, Edited by Michael Whitby

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  • Format: Hardback | 694 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 242mm x 50mm | 1,220g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521782732
  • ISBN 13: 9780521782739
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 69 b/w illus. 10 maps
  • Sales rank: 957,041

Product description

Warfare was the single biggest preoccupation of historians in antiquity. In recent decades fresh textual interpretations, numerous new archaeological discoveries and a much broader analytical focus emphasising social, economic, political and cultural approaches have transformed our understanding of ancient warfare. Volume I of this two-volume History reflects these developments and provides a systematic account, written by a distinguished cast of contributors, of the various themes underlying the warfare of the Greek world from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period and of Early and Middle Republican Rome. For each broad period developments in troop-types, equipment, strategy and tactics are discussed. These are placed in the broader context of developments in international relations and the relationship of warfare to both the state and wider society. Numerous illustrations, a glossary and chronology, and information about the authors mentioned supplement the text. This will become the primary reference work for specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Author information

PHILIP SABIN is Professor of Strategic Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. His main academic interest concerns the analytical modelling of conflict, and he is the author of Lost Battles: Reconstructing the Great Clashes of the Ancient World (2007) and co-editor (with Tim Cornell and Boris Rankov) of The Second Punic War: A Reappraisal (1996). He teaches and writes about the strategy and tactics of warfare from ancient times to the twenty-first century. HANS VAN WEES is Professor of Ancient History at University College London. He is the author of Status Warriors: War, Violence and Society in Homer and History (1992) and Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities (2004) and editor of War and Violence in Ancient Greece (2000). He has co-edited (with Nick Fisher) Archaic Greece: New Approaches and New Evidence (1998), (with Egbert Bakker and Irene de Jong) Brill's Companion to Herodotus (2002) and (with Kurt Raaflaub) A Companion to Archaic Greece (forthcoming). MICHAEL WHITBY is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is the co-editor of Volume XIV of The Cambridge Ancient History (2001) and author of Rome at War, AD 293-696 (2002) as well as several articles on late Roman warfare, and has made several television appearances talking about ancient warfare from the Graeco-Persian Wars to the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Review quote

"The book is very comprehensive and a welcome starting point in approaching ancient military studies. The editors as well as the authors can be congratulated on their efforts in producing this important reference work." --BCMR

Table of contents

Introduction: the historiography of ancient warfare: 1. The modern historiography of ancient warfare Victor Davis Hanson; 2. Warfare in ancient literature: the paradox of war Simon Hornblower; 3. Reconstructing ancient warfare Michael Whitby; Part I. Archaic and Classical Greece: 4. International relations Jonathan Hall; 5. Military forces Peter Hunt; 6. War Peter Krentz; 7. Combat. (1) Land battles Everett Wheeler; (2) Naval combat and sieges Barry Strauss; 8. Warfare and the state Vincent Gabrielsen; 9. War and society Hans van Wees; Part II. The Hellenistic World and the Roman Republic: 10. International relations Richard Billows; 11. Military forces Nicholas V. Sekunda; 12. War Jonathan Roth; 13. Combat. (1) Land battles Philip Sabin; (2) Naval battles and sieges Philip de Souza; 14. Warfare and the state John Serrati; 15. War and society J. E. Lendon; Chronological table; Glossary; List of ancient authors.