Great Battles of the Classical Greek World

Owen Rees

*Gives a clear narrative for 18 selected battles and sieges from the Classical Greek period.

*The battles are selected for their historical significance and tactical interest and include some surprising choices alongside famous battles like Marathon.

*Taken together they offer an excellent overview of tactics in the golden age of the Greek hop
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
No illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473827295
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$34.95

Overview
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This book presents a selection of eighteen land battles and sieges that span the Classical Greek period, from the Persian invasions to the eclipse of the traditional hoplite heavy infantry at the hands of the Macedonians. This of course is the golden age of the hoplite phalanx but Owen Rees is keen to cover all aspects of battle, including mercenary armies and the rise of light infantry, emphasizing the variety and tactical developments across the period.

Each battle is set in context with a brief background and then the battlefield and opposing forces are discussed before the narrative and analysis of the fighting is given and rounded off with consideration of the aftermath and strategic implications. Written in an accessible narrative tone, a key feature of the book is the author’s choice of battles, which collectively challenge popularly held beliefs such as the invincibility of the Spartans. The text is well supported by dozens of tactical diagrams showing deployments and various phase of the battles.

About The Author
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Owen Rees is a freelance historian, writer and researcher, as well as an assistant editor to Sparta: Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History. He studied Ancient History at the University of Reading and History (Research) at the University of Nottingham. He is a regular contributor to Ancient Warfare magazine.

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