The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

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Edited by Brian Campbell, Edited by Lawrence A. Tritle

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 840 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 254mm x 36mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 14 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195304659
  • ISBN 13: 9780195304657
  • Illustrations note: 57 illus., 11 maps
  • Sales rank: 490,936

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War lay at the heart of much of life in the classical world, from conflicts between tribes or states to internal or civil wars. Battles were resolved by face-to-face encounters-violent and bloody for the participants-and thus war was a very personal experience. Nevertheless, warfare and its conduct often had significant economic, social, or political consequences. The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World offers a critical examination of war and organized violence, and their relevance beyond the battlefield. The volume's introduction begins with the ancient sources for the writing of war, preceded by broad surveys of warfare in ancient Greece and Rome. Also included herein are chapters analyzing new finds in battlefield archaeology and how the environment affected the ancient practice of war. A second section is comprised of broad narratives of classical societies at war, covering the expanse from classical Greece through to the later Roman Empire. Part III contains thematic discussions that examine closely the nature of battle: what soldiers experienced as they fought; the challenges of conducting war at sea; how the wounded were treated. A final section offers six exemplary case studies, including analyses of the Peloponnesian War, the Second Punic War, and Rome's war with Sasanian Persia. The handbook closes with an epilogue that offers an exploration of the legacy of classical warfare.

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Brian Campbell is Professor of Roman History, Queen's University Belfast Lawrence A. Tritle is Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University

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"Campbell and Tritle have assembled engaging and valuable essays from an impressive list of contributors in the fields of classics, ancient history, and archaeology.... Though encyclopedic in scope, including entries on arms and armor, strategy, generalship, care of wounded, naval warfare, and logistics, the essays also constitute a vibrant retelling of the experience of ancient warfare. Well-supplied with maps and timelines, this volume should be included in any classics or military history collection. Highly Recommended."--J. D. Lyons, CHOICE

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Contributors ; Abbreviations and Spelling Norms ; Chronology ; Editors' Introduction ; PART I Introduction: The Classical World at War ; 1. War and Warfare in Ancient Greece ; L. Rawlings ; 2. War and Warfare in Ancient Rome ; Randall Howarth ; 3. Writers on War ; a. Greece: Winning Ways in Warfare ; P.C. Millett ; b. Rome: A Story of Conflict ; Michael Lovano ; 4. The Archeology of War ; S. James ; 5. Warfare and Environment in the Ancient World ; J. Donald Hughes ; PART II The Face of Battle in the Classical World ; 6. The Classical Greek Experience ; John W.I. Lee ; 7. The Three Thousand: Alexander's Infantry Guard ; Waldemar Heckel ; 8. The Hellenistic Experience with War: Stagnation or Development? ; John Serrati ; 9. War and Society in Greece ; N. Sekunda ; 10. The Rise of Rome ; Michael Sage ; 11. War in Imperial Rome ; Phyllis Culham ; 12. War and Society in the Roman Empire ; Colin Adams ; PART III Impacts and Techniques: War in the Classical World ; 13. Men at War ; L.A. Tritle ; 14. Sick and Wounded ; Christine Salazar ; 15. Discipline ; Stefan Chrissanthos ; 16. Mercenaries ; Matthew Trundle ; 17. Logistics: Sinews of War ; Donald Engels ; 18. War at Sea ; Philip de Souza ; 19. Arms and Armor ; a. Greek ; Eero Jarva ; b. Roman ; Duncan B. Campbell ; 20. Under Siege: Challenges, Experiences, and Emotions ; Angelos Chaniotis ; 21. Generalship ; Rosemary Moore ; 22. Military Intelligence ; Frank Russell ; 23. War and Animals ; Ann Hyland ; a. Horses for War: Breeding and Keeping a Warhorse ; b. The Development and Training of Cavalry in Greece and Rome ; 24. Greek Rituals of War ; Daniel Tompkins ; 25. Roman Rituals of War ; John Rich ; 26. Fighting the Other ; a. Achaemenid Persians ; Bruce Laforse ; b. The Germanic and Danubian Transfrontier Peoples ; Peter Wells ; c. Military and Society in Sasanian Iran ; Scott McDonough ; PART IV Case Studies: The Classical World at War ; 27. The Athenian Expedition to Sicily ; Lee Brice ; 28. The Peloponnesian War and its Sieges ; Michael Seaman ; 29. Epaminondas at Leuctra, 371 BC ; John BucklerDR ; 30. Demetrius Poliorcetes and Hellenistic Warfare ; Thomas R. Martin ; 31. The Second Punic War ; Dexter Hoyos ; 32. The Eastern Frontier in Late Antiquity: Roman Warfare with Sasanian Persia ; A.D. Lee ; EPILOGUE: The Legacy of Classical Warfare ; Thomas Palaima and L.A. Tritle ; Index