Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece

Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece


By (author) Victor Davis Hanson

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm x 22mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520210255
  • ISBN 13: 9780520210257
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition

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This text provides a systematic review of Greek agriculture and warfare, and describes the relationship between these two important aspects of life in ancient communities. The author gives particular attention to agronomic as well as military details. This study shows that attacks on agriculture rarely resulted in famines or permanent agrarian depression. Trees and vines are hard to destroy, and grainfields are only briefly vunerable to torching. In addition, ancient armies were rather inefficient systematic ravagers and instead used other tactics, such as occupying their enemies' farms to incite infantry battle. The author suggests that for all ancient societies, rural depression and desolation came about from more subtle phenomena - taxes, changes in political and social structure, and new cultural values - rather than from destructive warfare.

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Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author of "The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece" (1986), "The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization" (1995), and "Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea" (1996).