The patterns 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 patterns of war

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This chapter describes the patterns of war in ancient Greece. Most ancient military campaigns were of relatively short duration because of the undeveloped nature of ancient supply procurement and the limitations of ancient transportation. Opposing parties often engaged in pitched battle where attackers went to the plains because it provided the most abundant sources of forage, while defenders often marched out to save their farms and livelihoods from devastation. This chapter also considers the claim that the farmers of the phalanx ensured that ideological constraints were placed on hoplite warfare.

Keywords: patterns of war; ancient Greece; military campaigns; supply procurement; ancient transportation; farmers; phalanx; hoplite warfare

Chapter.  8564 words. 

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

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