The makers of war

Louis Rawlings

in The Ancient Greeks at War

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719056574
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700839 | DOI:
The makers of war

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This chapter describes the makers of war or Greek warriors during the archaic period. During this period, Greek communities developed conceptions of citizenship expressing a range of communal duties, rights and privileges and they asserted their territorial integrity and boundaries against their neighbours through recourse to diplomacy, negotiation and war. The members of community armies were composed of citizens called hoplites who usually used bronze equipment. This chapter also discusses the role of citizens as phalanx-fighters and their employment as mercenaries.

Keywords: Greek warriors; archaic period; citizenship; communal duties; territorial integrity; community armies; hoplites; phalanx-fighters; mercenaries

Chapter.  9562 words. 

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

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