The Greek Hoplite Phalanx

The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World

Richard Taylor

Dr Richard Taylor provides an overview of the current state of play in the hoplite debate in all its aspects, from fighting techniques to the social and economic background of the ‘hoplite revolution', in a form that is accessible for the general reader and military history enthusiast.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526788566
Pages : 544
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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The Greek hoplite and the phalanx formation have been the subject of considerable academic debate over the past century. Dr Richard Taylor provides an overview of the current state of play in the hoplite debate in all its aspects, from fighting techniques to the social and economic background of the ‘hoplite revolution’, in a form that is accessible for the general reader and military history enthusiast. But the book goes further: offering a new perspective on the hoplite phalanx by putting it in the context of other military developments in the Mediterranean world in the middle of the first millennium BC. He argues that the Greek phalanx was different in degree but not in kind from other contemporary heavy infantry formations and that the hoplite debate, with its insistence on the unique nature of the hoplite phalanx, has obscured the similarities with other equivalent formations. The result is a fresh take on a perennially popular subject.

About The Author
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Dr Richard Taylor holds BA and DPhil degrees in Ancient History from Oxford University. His doctoral thesis won the Hellenic Foundation prize for best UK thesis in classics and ancient history (and forms the basis for part of The Macedonian Phalanx ). He has published a number of articles on ancient history and warfare in Slingshot , the journal of the Society of Ancients. He has worked in publishing and IT, and is currently employed at a UK university.

REVIEWS
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“[The Greek Hoplite Phalanx] is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a five page List of Battles, a three page Glossary, thirty pages of Notes, a one page listing of Abbreviations & Translations, a seven page Bibliography, and a five page Index – making [it] a welcome and highly recommended addition to the growing library of Ancient Greek cultural and military histories.”

- Midwest Book Review

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