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Reinstating the Hoplite: Arms, Armour and Phalanx Fighting in Archaic and Classical Greece

Reinstating the Hoplite: Arms, Armour and Phalanx Fighting in Archaic and Classical Greece

Hardback Historia: Einzelschriften

By (author) Adam Schwartz

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  • Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH
  • Format: Hardback | 337 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 244mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Stuttgart, Germany
  • ISBN 10: 3515093303
  • ISBN 13: 9783515093309
  • Illustrations note: 19 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen
  • Sales rank: 881,397

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Recent research into the military history of ancient Greece has questioned the central role traditionally ascribed to the famous hoplite phalanx by historians and suggested that even as late as the Persian Wars of 480479 BC, Greek battles consisted essentially of open fighting and duels between individual combatants, in an almost Homeric fashion. In this meticulous study, Adam Schwartz in turn questions the new orthodoxy. Departing from a detailed scrutiny of hoplite equipment and its physical characteristics, the author demonstrates that this equipment must in fact have been developed specifically to meet the needs of warriors fighting in phalanx formations, which, it is shown, can be traced back into the eighth century BC.

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"Anyone who has been following the long debate over the evolution of hoplite warfare will find this book a 'must-read'. Anyone who is expecting to teach courses in Greek civilization and history or ancient military history in general will want to have a look too."