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    Warfare in the Ancient World: From Prehistory to the Fall of Rome, 3500 B.C.-476 A.D. (Praeger Series on the Ancient World) (Hardback) By (author) Stefan G. Chrissanthos

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    DescriptionFrom the clash of bronze weapons on bronze armor to the fall of Rome, war often decided the course of ancient history. This volume is a practical introduction to the study of warfare in the ancient world, beginning with Egypt and Mesopotamia, and tracing the advances made in battle tactics, technology, and government over hundreds of years, culminating with developments in Greece and the Roman Empire. The chronological structure allows the reader to trace certain general themes down through the centuries: how various civilizations waged war; who served in the various armies and why; who the generals and officers were who made the decisions in the field; what type of government controlled these armies; and from what type of society they sprang. Major events and important individuals are discussed in their historical contexts, providing a complete understanding of underlying causes, and enabling readers to follow the evolution of ancient warfare as armies and empires became steadily larger and more sophisticated. Yet as Chrissanthos makes clear, history comes full circle during this period. Rome's collapse in 476 C.E. inaugurated an unforeseen dark age in which great armies were left decimated despite advanced technology that, while proving decisive in the outcome of many critical battles and stand-offs, had vanished amidst the Empire's crumbling walls. In addition to the chronological treatment, Chrissanthos also includes sections on such important topics as chariot warfare, cavalry, naval warfare, elephants in battle, the face of battle, and such vital, but often-overlooked topics as the provisioning of the army with sufficient food and water. Eyewitness accounts are incorporated throughout each chapter, allowing the reader brief glimpses into the life and times of peasants and soldiers, generals and politicians, all of whom were dealing with war and its irreconcilable consequences from differing vantage points. Battle diagrams and maps are carefully placed throughout the text to help the reader visualize particular aspects of ancient warfare. The book also furnishes a detailed timeline and an extensive bibliography containing both modern and ancient sources.


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    Title
    Warfare in the Ancient World
    Subtitle
    From Prehistory to the Fall of Rome, 3500 B.C.-476 A.D.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stefan G. Chrissanthos
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 526 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780275985196
    ISBN 10: 0275985199
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 355.020901, 355.0209/01
    LC classification: U29 .C48 2008
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, NHWA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    ABC-CLIO
    Imprint name
    Praeger Publishers Inc
    Publication date
    30 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Westport
    Author Information
    STEFAN G. CHRISSANTHOS teaches at the University of California, Riverside. He has contributed articles to the Journal of Roman Studies and Historia. He is also a consultant and on-screen participant in a documentary for the History Channel on Hannibal.
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