War, the individual and the community

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:
War, the individual and the community

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This chapter analyzes the impact of war on the individual and the community in ancient Greece. It suggests that for those who survived the personal brutality and trauma of combat, the social pressure could be intense but for those who succumbed to defeat, there was the real possibility of humiliation, enslavement or death. It suggests that war created and confirmed gender roles. It explains that though women may not usually have risked their lives on the battlefield, the consequences of the defeat of their men could fall upon them nonetheless.

Keywords: war; individual; community; ancient Greece; combat; social pressure; gender roles; women; humiliation; enslavement

Chapter.  9953 words. 

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

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