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Understanding Greek Warfare

1st Edition

By Matthew A. Sears

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234 pages

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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.

Reviews

"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

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

About the Author

Author

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies