New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare by Garrett G. Fagan, Matthew Trundle

By Garrett G. Fagan, Matthew Trundle

Ten best students of historical conflict provide new insights on a number of facets of army task from the Later Bronze Age to the Roman Empire. They make major contributions to realizing conflict on land and sea, to the social and financial points of struggle, and to battlefield event. The reports illustrate the ways that know-how, innovation, cultural trade and tactical advancements remodeled historic war. Papers survey the armies of Assyria and Persia, the $64000 position of navies and funds in remodeling Greek battle, and the way Romans discovered to struggle as infantrymen and generals. New views on historical war will encourage debate for years yet to come concerning the army structures of the traditional world.Contributors are Garrett Fagan, Matthew Trundle, Fernando Rey, Robin Archer, Chris Tuplin, Hans Van Wees, Louis Rawlings, Peter Krentz, Nathan Rosenstein and David Potter

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Catherine Gilliver argues that the notion of morality was extremely important and a real concern for Romans when waging war, in “The Roman Army and Morality in War,” in Battle in Antiquity, ed. A. B. Lloyd (London: Duckworth, 1996), 219–38. 19 Dodds, “Ancient Concept” (n. 14): 5. 20 Liv. 23 It was Pliny who offered the most elaborate account of individual inventions. His text is in fact a summary of the personalization of military technology: The Africans were the first to use clubs (called ‘staves’) when they battled the Egyptians.

Robin Archer (chapter 2) tackles the difficult question of how chariotry operated on the ancient battlefield; Garrett Fagan (chapter 3) attempts to gain an understanding of Assyrian tactical procedures for open-field engagements; and Christopher Tuplin (chapter 4) turns to the neglected topic of the Achaemenid Persian military system. Three papers address matters of Greek military practice. Peter Krentz (chapter 5) re-examines the issue of the weight of armor worn by Greek hoplites with reference to some representations on painted pots; Hans van Wees (chapter 6) studies the development of Greek naval warfare in the Archaic Age; and Matthew Trundle (chapter 7) traces the not inconsiderable impact of money and coinage on the prosecution of Greek wars.

14): 5. 20 Liv. 23 It was Pliny who offered the most elaborate account of individual inventions. His text is in fact a summary of the personalization of military technology: The Africans were the first to use clubs (called ‘staves’) when they battled the Egyptians. Shields were invented, if not by Chalcus son of Athamas, then by Proetus and Aerisius while they were campaigning against each other. Midias of Messene invented the breastplate. The helmet, sword and spear were inventions of the Spartans, and greaves and crests for the helmets came from the Carians.

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