Fields of Death

Retracing Ancient Battlefields

Richard Evans

Richard Evans revisits the sites of a selection of Greek and Roman battles and sieges to seek new insights. The battle narratives in ancient sources can be a thrilling read and form the basis of our knowledge of these epic events, but they can just as often provide an
incomplete or obscure record. Details, especially those related to topographical
Date Published :
December 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
approx 40 color, plus 40 maps and tactical diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848847972
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Richard Evans revisits the sites of a selection of Greek and Roman battles and sieges to seek new insights. The battle narratives in ancient sources can be a thrilling read and form the basis of our knowledge of these epic events, but they can just as often provide an incomplete or obscure record. Details, especially those related to topographical and geographical issues that can have a fundamental importance to military actions, are left tantalizingly unclear to the modern reader. The evidence from archaeological excavation work can sometimes fill in a gap in our understanding, but such an approach remains uncommon in studying ancient battles. By combining the ancient sources and latest archaeological findings with his personal observations on the ground, Richard Evans brings new perspectives to the dramatic events of the distant past. For example, why did armies miss one another in what we might today consider relatively benign terrain? Just how important was the terrain in determining victory or defeat in these clashes.

The author has carefully selected battles and sieges to explore, first to identify their locations and see how these fit with the ancient evidence. He then examines the historical episodes themselves, offering new observations from first-hand study of the field of battle along with up-to-date photographs, maps and diagrams. In the process, he discusses whether and how the terrain has since been changed by land use, erosion and other factors, and the extent to which what we see today represents a real connection with the dramatic events of the distant past. This first volume considers:

1. The Greek Victory over the Persians at Marathon (490 BC)
2. Leonidas and his Three Hundred Spartans at Thermopylae (480 BC)
3. The Athenian Siege of Syracuse (414-413 BC)
4. The Syracusan Siege of Motya (397 BC)
5. Alexander’s Defeat of Darius at Issus (333 BC)
6. Hannibal’s Victory at Cannae (216 BC)
7. Titus Quinctius Flamininus and Philip V at Cynoscephalae (197 BC)
8. Gaius Marius’ Victory over the Teutones at Aquae Sextiae (102 BC)
9. Octavian versus Antony and Cleopatra of Egypt: The Battle of Actium (31 BC)
10. The First Battle of Bedriacum (April AD 69)

About The Author
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Dr Richard Evans is Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University. He has a particular interest in historical topography. His previous publications include Fields of Death: Retracing Ancient Battlefields (Pen & Sword, 2013). When he isn't investigating ancient battlefields, he lives in Pontypridd, Wales.

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