War and Warfare in Ancient Greece

Louis Rawlings

in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195304657
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 War and Warfare in Ancient Greece

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This chapter reviews some of the main elements of warfare conducted by the Greeks between the eighth and third centuries. The hybristic acts of the enemy have been regarded as sufficient provocation for war. Warriors have frequently been prompted by the chance for self-enrichment through booty. There has been enormous variety of warfare in Greece and beyond. The methods of warfare have undergone a number of significant developments. The evolutions in the tools of war have a variety of military, institutional and ideological ramifications. Many members of Greek communities might relish the opportunity for war. These developments gave the Greek and Macedonian armies the capacity to resist and then overcome the Persian Empire, and contributed to the essential character of warfare in the era of the Successors.

Keywords: warfare; Greek communities; Greece; Macedonian armies; Greek armies; Persian Empire

Article.  12451 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History

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