By Harry Sidebottom

ISBN-10: 0192804707

ISBN-13: 9780192804709

Greek and Roman struggle was once in contrast to that of the other tradition earlier than or because. the main distinction is usually held to be that the Greeks and Romans practiced a "Western method of War," within which the purpose is an open, decisive battle--won by way of braveness instilled, partly, via self-discipline. the following, Harry Sidebottom seems to be at how this Western manner of warfare used to be built and maintained by way of the Greeks and Romans and why this idea is so ordinary today.

All elements of historical battle are completely examined--from philosophy and technique to the technical abilities had to struggle. Sidebottom examines warfare within the wider context, displaying how wars have been capable of form classical society, and the way an individual's identification was once occasionally built through battle, as with regards to the Christian soldier combating in God's identify. He additionally explores the ways that historical society thought of clash: Can a battle be simply? Why was once siege war fairly bloody? What position did divine intervention play within the end result of a conflict? Taking attention-grabbing examples from the iliad, Tacitus, and the Persian Wars, Sidebottom makes use of arresting anecdotes and outstanding visible photographs to teach that any realizing of historic battle is an ongoing strategy of interpretation.


`I am hooked on this sequence of pocket-portable introductory lectures. Harry Sidebottom particularly presumes that you simply wouldn't recognize a hoplite if one thrust a spear at you, and that you simply grasped legionary strategies from gazing the DVD of Gladiator. The publication manages to hide sensible struggling with from the Iliad to Islam's problem to Byzantium; struggle as own and kingdom metaphor in Greece and Rome; approach and motivation on sea and land; after which nips quickly directly to historians' re-evaluations of the above - in 128 neat pages plus additional interpreting record and a depraved chronology. received that? correct, then. Fall in.' mother or father Review

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On his death (323 bc), Alexander the Great of Macedon ruled both Greece and the old Persian empire. His successors fought to carve up his empire. Out of a maelstrom of intrigue and war, three long-lived and stable ‘superpowers’ emerged by the 270s bc. These were the Macedonian-ruled ‘Hellenistic’ kingdoms of the Antigonids (centred on Macedonia, and dominating Greece); the Selucids (based in the Near East, and controlling parts of Asia Minor); and the Ptolemies (whose main power base was Egypt).

But it was in the 2nd century that Rome penetrated mainland Greece, the home of the Athenians and Spartans, who had greater cultural prestige for the Romans than did the Greeks of Italy and Sicily. Also, it was in the 2nd century that Romans, above all elite Romans, began to win vast sums of wealth from their conquests, and wealth was very necessary for the Hellenization of Rome. The Roman elite was deeply internally competitive. Hellenization offered a new way for members of the elite to compete with each other; as, for example, they rivalled each other in owning more Greek art.

Poets of the 7th century do not always seem to describe hoplite fighting. Callinus of Ephesus talks of fighting with javelins, not thrusting spears (fragment 1). Tyrtaeus of Sparta in one fragment (11) gives what we think of as a classic description of a close-packed hoplite phalanx. Yet the fragment ends (line 35) with gumnetes, the ‘naked’ (lightly armed), crouching under the shields of the hoplites. Look again at the scene from the Chigi vase, and imagine what would happen to the action in a moment’s time.

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