The Hellenistic World at War

John Serrati

in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195304657
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Hellenistic World at War

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This chapter describes the effects of warfare in the Hellenistic period, which influenced nearly every aspect of life for people living in the Greek East at the time. The phalanx remained the basic unit of the Hellenistic army. The Hellenistic world saw a proliferation of technical manuals concerning the art of war. The composition of armies included infantry, cavalry, auxiliary forces, siege warfare, and navies. The Macedonian cavalry was the main striking arm of the combined force. Cavalry in the Hellenistic world were organized largely as in Alexander's day. Hellenistic siege warfare featured its share of exotic weapons. It is shown that the sea became a venue for battle. There was a marked shift in the composition of both navies and armies during the Hellenistic period.

Keywords: Hellenistic siege warfare; Hellenistic world; phalanx; Hellenistic army; infantry; cavalry; auxiliary forces; navies

Article.  10065 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Classical History

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