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The Ancient Greeks at War

Louis Rawlings (Manchester University Press, 2007)

The Ancient Greeks at War, front cover

The ancient Greeks experienced war in many forms: they conducted raids, ambushes, battles and sieges, and embarked on campaigns of intimidation, conquest and annihilation against fellow Greeks and 'barbarian' foreigners. Drawing on a wealth of literary, epigraphic and archaeological material, this wide-ranging synthesis looks at the practicalities of Greek warfare and its wider social ramifications from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1600 BC) to Alexander the Great (323 BC). 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 modern scholarship in the field and engages with the many theories and interpretations that have been advanced in recent years, in a way that is stimulating and accessible to both specialist readers and a wider audience.