Understanding Greek Warfare

Understanding Greek Warfare

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Understanding Greek Warfare offers a wide-ranging survey of Greek warfare, from the Mycenaeans through to the Hellenistic kingdoms' clashes with Rome. Each chapter provides an overview of a particular theme and historical period, and a detailed discussion of the relevant sources, both ancient and modern. This volume covers not only the development of equipment, tactics, strategy, and the major wars of Greek history - the "drums and trumpets" - it also examines the political, social, and cultural importance of warfare in each period. Each chapter outlines major scholarly debates, such as the true nature of hoplite battle and whether Alexander the Great had a strategic vision beyond conquest, and includes several short selections from the primary literary evidence.


Readable yet scholarly, this book is an ideal companion to courses on Greek warfare and society, and offers detailed suggestions for further reading and research. Understanding Greek Warfare will be a crucial resource for students of war in the ancient Greek world, and of the ancient Greeks in general.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 444g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 37 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138288616
  • 9781138288614
  • 1,046,505

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements


List of Figures


List of Maps





Chapter 1: Bronze Age and Homeric Warfare: Achilles vs. Hector?


Introduction


The Mycenaeans and War


Homer and His "Heroes"


Homeric Receptions


Homeric Battle: The Duel of Paris and Menelaus, and Its Aftermath


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 2: The Hoplite Phalanx: The Rise of the Polis


Introduction


The Phalanx: Its Rise, Equipment, and Tactics


Hoplites: The World's First Citizens


Hoplite Battles: Thermopylae and the Nemea River


The Iconography of the Citizen-Soldier


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 3: Greek Naval Warfare: Ruling the Aegean


Introduction


Greek Navies


Thalassocracy: The Naval Mob and Empire


Naval Battles: Salamis and Naupactus


The Navy in the Athenian Visual Landscape


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 4: Total War: Athens vs. Sparta


Introduction


Thucydides, Author of the War


An Overview of the Peloponnesian War


Strategy and Tactics beyond the Phalanx


A New Breed of Leader


War and the Greek Mind


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 5: The Fourth Century BCE: Mercenaries and Scoundrels


Introduction


The Heyday for Mercenaries?


Professional Generals and the Art of War


Federal States and Strongmen


Does the Phalanx still Matter? Epameinondas and the Rise of Thebes


Case Studies: Lechaeum and Second Mantinea


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 6: Philip and Alexander of Macedon: Crushing the Polis, Conquering the World


Introduction


Sources for Philip and Alexander


Philip's Military Reforms


Alexander and his War Machine


Case Studies: The Siege of Tyre and the Battle of Gaugamela


Alexander's Legend


Further Reading


Notes


Chapter 7: Warfare in the Hellenistic World: The Coming of Rome


Introduction


Hellenistic Kingdoms and the Polis


Hellenistic Armies


Phalanx vs. Legion


Case Studies: Pyrrhus of Epirus and Hannibal of Carthage


Conclusions: The End of the Hellenistic World - and the Roman Republic


Further Reading


Notes





Select Bibliography


Index
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Review quote

"This is a hugely impressive, and just as importantly, enjoyable book that offers the reader much more than the usual general survey of this fascinating subject. Its pages are packed with the author's evaluation of evidence, discussions about scholarly debates, and explanations of the evolving art of war, all the way from the Mycenaeans to the Macedonians. This is, then, a fresh new look at a topic that continues to captivate a wide audience that transcends the boundaries of academia."


- Jason Crowley, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


"Matthew Sears has done an admirable job ... Sears writes lucidly and in an engaging way ... Understanding Greek Warfare is highly recommended if warfare in Ancient Greece is still somewhat new to you, or if you'd like to freshen up your knowledge of the overall context or the current academic 'state of play'."


- Jasper Oorthuys, Ancient Warfare magazine 2019
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About Matthew A. Sears

Matthew A. Sears is an Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He writes on ancient Greek history, society, and culture, and is the author of Athens, Thrace, and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership (2013) and co-author of Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece: A Guide to their History, Topography, and Archaeology (forthcoming).
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