Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

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Harper Collins, Dec 12, 2006 - History - 240 pages
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This brilliant account covers a millennium of Greek warfare. With specially commissioned battle maps and vivid illustrations, Victor Davis Hanson takes the reader into the heart of Greek warfare, classical beliefs, and heroic battles. This colorful portrait of ancient Greek culture explains why their approach to fighting was so ruthless and so successful.

  • Development of the Greek city-state and the rivalries of Athens and Sparta.
  • Rise of Alexander the Great and the Hellenization of the Western world.
  • Famous thinkers—Sophocles, Socrates, Demosthenes—who each faced his opponent in battle, armed with spear and shield.
  • Unsurpassed military theories that still influence the structure of armies and the military today.
 

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

This is a splendid little volume in the great Smithsonian series of books. Hanson summarily surveys the wars of the ancient Greeks. The volume has abundant illustrations, many in full color, useful ... Read full review

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crappy and hard to read. i would rather go to hell than read this shit. I wouldnt give it a single star but 1 was the minimum

Contents

THE GREEK MILITARY LEGACY
13
EARLY GREEK FIGHTING 1400750
25
THE RISE OF THE CITY STATE
43
THE GREAT WARS 490362
85
THE SECOND MILITARY REVOLUTION 362336
143
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
160
THE HELLENIC LEGACY
208
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Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, has written or edited thirteen books including Mexifornia, Ripples of Battle, and Carnage and Culture. He lives near Selma, California.

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