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The Ancient Greeks at War

Louis Rawlings

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719056574
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.001.0001
The Ancient Greeks at War

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The ancient Greeks experienced war in many forms. By land and by sea, they conducted raids, ambushes, battles and sieges; they embarked on campaigns of intimidation, conquest and annihilation; they fought against fellow Greeks and non-Greeks. Drawing on literary, epigraphic and archaeological material, this wide-ranging synthesis looks at the practicalities of Greek warfare and its wider social ramifications. Alongside discussions of the nature and role of battle, logistics, strategy and equipment are examinations of other fundamentals of war: religious and economic factors, militarism and martial values, and the relationships between the individual and the community, before, during and after wars. The book takes account of the main developments of modern scholarship in the field, engaging with the many theories and interpretations that have been advanced in recent years.

Keywords: ancient Greeks; war; raids; ambushes; battles; sieges; intimidation; conquest; annihilation; militarism

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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Introduction in The Ancient Greeks at War

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Early Greek warfare in The Ancient Greeks at War

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The makers of war in The Ancient Greeks at War

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The patterns of war in The Ancient Greeks at War

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Naval warfare in The Ancient Greeks at War

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Siege warfare in The Ancient Greeks at War

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War and economy in The Ancient Greeks at War

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War and religion in The Ancient Greeks at War

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