Spartan Warrior, 735-331 BC

Spartan Warrior, 735-331 BC

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Immortalized through their exploits at the battle of Thermopylae under the legendary Leonidas, as well as countless other victories throughout the classical period, the Spartans were some of the best trained, organized and most feared warriors of the ancient world. The small state of Sparta, known to the Ancient Greeks as Lakedaimon, developed one of the most successful military forces of the Ancient World. Their unique warrior society used serfs and non-citizens to do all of the manual work, leaving the pure-bred men of Sparta free to concentrate all of their energies on warfare. Forbidden from engaging in any form of manual labour, these Spartan warriors were trained from an early age in a brutal regime that gave them the necessary discipline and tolerance to withstand the pressures of phalanx warfare and endure all manner of hardships on campaign. This book covers all aspects of the Spartan warrior's life, from the earliest days of his training through his life in peace and war, culminating in the battlefield experiences of these feared combatants.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 180 x 246 x 12mm | 240.4g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • Osprey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1849087008
  • 9781849087001
  • 194,275

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..".describes a typical warrior's life and provides a fine history of the early Greek, Persian and Peloponnesian wars. Color photos of relics compliment a fine history suitable for any ancient hisotry library."- "The Midwest Book Review "(November 2012) "This concise book is well worth acquiring by anyone interested in ancient history as well as toy soldier and model figure hobbyists conducting research to re-create the life of a Spartan warrior in war and peace."- "Toy Soldier & Model Figure "(January 2013) ""Spartan Warrior "is a great reference book for the historian, wargamer, or figure painter. Each of these hobbyists can glean much useful information from these pages."- Richard Mataka,

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About Duncan B. Campbell

Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his PhD. His work has appeared in several international journals. He is a regular contributor to Ancient Warfare magazine.

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