War and Violence in Ancient Greece

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ISD LLC, Dec 31, 2009 - History - 389 pages
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The study of Greek warfare should involve much more than reconstructing the experience of combat or revisiting the great wars of the classical period. Here, a distinguished cast of international scholars explores beyond the usual thematic and chronological boundaries. Ranging from the heroes of Homer to the kings and cities of the hellenistic age, the contributors set war in the context of other forms of Greek violence, private and public. At every turn they challenge received ideas about the causes and conduct of war, its development and its place in Greek society and culture.
 

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Contents

physis or nomos or both?
31
the sociology of Spartan violence
57
Hybris revenge and stasis in the Greek citystates
83
iconography and
125
Deception in archaic and classical Greek warfare
167
when where and why?
201
hoplite martial and combat experiences
233
Perspectives on the death of fifthcentury Athenian seamen
261
war violence and warlike deities
285
Sacrifice and battle
299
Hellenistic military leadership
315
Fighting poleis of the hellenistic world
337
Index
377
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Hans van Wees has published numerous papers on the military and social history of Archaic Greece. He is the author of Status Warriors: War, Violence and Society in Homer and History, and editor (with Nick Fisher) of Archaic Greece: New Evidence and New Approaches.

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