In this comprehensive overview of ancient warfare, Antonio Santosuosso explores how the tactical and strategic concepts of warfare changed between the beginning of the fifth century b.c. and the middle of the second century b.c. and why the West?Greece, Macedonia, and Rome?triumphed over the East?understood geographically as Persia or ideologically as Carthage. He also shows how the role of warrior related to the role of citizen and how the symbols and propaganda stemming from war emphasized and promoted the values of Western societies.When considering the evolving role of the citizen as warrior, Santosuosso finds that these roles were indistinguishable from each other in the earlier stages of classical Greece. The Peloponnesian War, however, challenged this system by introducing new army types, such as mercenaries, peltasts, and light infantry. Soon after, Macedonia introduced the cavalry, thrusting it, along with heavy infantry, into a place of prominence and diminishing the complementary roles of citizen and warrior typical of earlier times. Later, the advent of the Roman legion continued this evolution, altering again the place of the citizen in ancient society.Rich in analysis, Soldiers, Citizens, and the Symbols of War is a valuable and accessible source for students of ancient warfare and classical society and provides thorough coverage of the major battles of antiquity?Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea, Sphacteria, Leuctra, Granicus, Issus, Gaugamela, Synoscephalae, Pydna, Trebia, Cannae, Ilipa, and Zama.
Table of Contents
List of Figures, Acknowledgments, Introduction, Close Array and Pointed Spears: The Ways of the Greek Phalanx, War Among the Greeks, Weapons and Armor of the Hoplite, The Hoplite in Battle, First Blood on the Plain of Marathon, Prologue, The Battle, Greeks, Persians, and the Symbols of War, A New Invasion, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea, The Persian Army, Why the Persians Lost, The Symbols of the Victorious, Rich, Poor, and the Wages of War at the End of the Classical Period, Sailors and Social Status, Spartan Society, The Mercenary System, Hoplites and Light Infantrymen, Thebes’s Challenge of Spartan Supremacy, Footmen, Horsemen, and the Symbols of Military Might, The Macedonian Army, The Ways of Alexander: Granicus, Issus, and Gaugamela, The Keys of Alexander’s Success, Religion, Warfare, and Political Power, A Phalanx with Joints: The Romans and the Heirs of Alexander, Warfare After Alexander, The Roman Military System, War as a Social Organism, The Legion Versus the Phalanx, Hannibal as Alexander’s Heir, Hannibal’s Pupil: Scipio Africanus, The Deification of the Military Leader, Conclusion, Glossary, List of Abbreviations, Notes, Selected Bibliography, About the Book and Author, Index
Antonio Santosuosso is professor of history at the University of Western Ontario.