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    DescriptionProfessor Lee provides a social and cultural history of the Cyreans, the mercenaries of Xenophon's Anabasis. While they have often been portrayed as a single abstract political community, this book reveals that life in the army was mostly shaped by a set of smaller social communities: the formal unit organisation of the lochos ('company'), and the informal comradeship of the suskenia ('mess group'). It includes full treatment of the environmental conditions of the march, ethnic and socio-economic relations amongst the soldiers, equipment and transport, marching and camp behaviour, eating and drinking, sanitation and medical care, and many other topics. It also accords detailed attention to the non-combatants accompanying the soldiers. It uses ancient literary and archaeological evidence, ancient and modern comparative material, and perspectives from military sociology and modern war studies. This book is essential reading for anyone working on ancient Greek warfare or on Xenophon's Anabasis.


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    Title
    A Greek Army on the March
    Subtitle
    Soldiers and Survival in Xenophon's Anabasis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John W.I. Lee
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521870689
    ISBN 10: 0521870682
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 938.05
    BIC subject category V2: H
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 938/.05
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 355.3540938
    LC classification: DF231.32 .L44 2007
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHD, NHC, NHWA
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    7 b/w illus. 1 map 3 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    28 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    John W. I. Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
    Review quote
    'Lee's engaging voice and well-documented research brings the officers and their men alive; on each page, readers accompany this intrepid group on their adventures, encountering exotic villagers and customs, unfamiliar food sources, urgent searches for water, conflicts with hostile forces, and struggles to survive in rugged terrain and extreme weather. ... Anyone interested in ancient warfare and military logistics will find this an accessible, exciting, and original narrative of a dramatic, celebrated episode in ancient history.' The Anglo-Hellenic Review 'A Greek Army on the March is a remarkable book and one that the author should be proud of. ... I ... marvel at what Lee has achieved here. I am sure that students of ancient warfare in particular, but also those interested in ancient society more generally and the issues relating to the formation of community, will find this book of immense value.' John Dillery, University of Virginia
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. The march route; 3. Portrait of an army; 4. Unit organization and community; 5. The things they carried; 6. Marching; 7. Resting; 8. Eating and drinking; 9. The soldier's body; 10. Slaves, servants, and companions; 11. Beyond the battlefield.