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Special Topic: Aspects of Greek Warfare - 20 credits (HST036)

Ancient Greek warfare has been lively and controversial area of scholarly research. This module covers a broad chronological period ranging from the early warfare described in the Homeric poems through to classical and Hellenistic eras and embraces topics such as the nature of violence and combat, military organisation, logistics, land and sea operations, warfare between Greeks and ‘barbarians’ (such as Persians, Carthaginians and Romans), and the interrelationships between war and religion, politics, economy and ideology. This module allows the student to choose their own topic on Greek warfare and study it in detail whilst engaging with modern debates and improving their knowledge and critical analysis of the range of literary and archaeological sources available.