The role of warfare is central to our understanding of the ancient Greek world. In this book and the companion work, War and Society in the Roman World, the wider social context of war is explored. This volume examines its impact on Greek society from Homeric times to the age of Alexander and his successors and discusses the significance of the causes and profits of war, the links between war, piracy and slavery, and trade, and the ideology of warfare in literature and sculpture.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations -- Notes on contributors -- Preface -- List of abbreviations -- 1. Introduction: The limits of war /GRAHAM SHIPLEY -- 2. War in the Hebrew Bible /ROBERT CARROLL -- 3. Hoplites and Homer: Warfare, hero cult, and the ideology of the polis /HUGH BOWDEN -- 4. War and raids for booty in the world of Odysseus /ALAST AR JACKSON -- 5. War, slavery, and settlement in early Greece /TRACEY RIHLL -- 6. Asia unmanned: Images of victory in classical Athens /EDITH HALL -- 7. Farming and fighting in ancient Greece /LIN FOXHALL -- 8. Warfare, wealth, and the crisis of Spartiate society /STEPHEN HODKINSON -- 9. Warfare, economy, and democracy in classical Athens /PAUL MILLETT -- 10. Alexander and the Macedonian invasion of Asia: Aspects of the historiography of war and empire in antiquity /MICHEL AUSTIN -- 11. The glorious dead: Commemoration of the fallen and portrayal of victory in the late classical and hellenistic world /ELLEN RICE -- Index.
John Rich is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Nottingham. Graham Shipley is Lecturer in Ancient History and Head of the Ancient History Division at the University of Leicester.