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Soldiers and ghosts [[electronic resource] ] : a history of battle in classical antiquity / / J.E. Lendon

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Autore: Lendon J. E Visualizza persona
Titolo: Soldiers and ghosts [[electronic resource] ] : a history of battle in classical antiquity / / J.E. Lendon Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: New Haven, : Yale University Press, c2005
Descrizione fisica: 1 online resource (480 p.)
Disciplina: 355/.00937
Soggetto topico: Military history, Ancient
Military art and science - History
Soggetto genere / forma: Electronic books.
Note generali: Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Nota di bibliografia: Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-403) and index.
Nota di contenuto: Front matter -- CONTENTS -- MAPS -- FIGURES -- PROLOGUE -- INTRODUCTION -- I. Fighting in the Iliad -- II. The Last Hoplite -- III. Two Stubborn Spartans in the Persian War -- IV. The Guile of Delium -- V. The Arts of War in the Early Fourth Century BC -- VI. Alexander the Great at the Battle of Issus -- VII. Hellenistic Warfare (323-31 BC) -- The Greeks, Conclusion -- VIII. Early Roman Warfare -- IX. The Wrath of Pydna -- X. Caesar's Centurions and the Legion of Cohorts -- XI. Scenes from the Jewish War, ad 67-70 -- XII. Shield Wall and Mask -- XIII. Julian in Persia, ad 363 -- The Romans, Conclusion -- Author's Note and Acknowledgments -- CHRONOLOGY -- ABBREVIATIONS -- NOTES -- GLOSSARY -- BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES -- INDEX
Sommario/riassunto: What set the successful armies of Sparta, Macedon, and Rome apart from those they defeated? In this major new history of battle from the age of Homer through the decline of the Roman empire, J. E. Lendon surveys a millennium of warfare to discover how militaries change-and don't change-and how an army's greatness depends on its use of the past. Noting this was an age that witnessed few technological advances, J. E. Lendon shows us that the most successful armies were those that made the most effective use of cultural tradition. Ancient combat moved forward by looking backward for inspiration-the Greeks, to Homer; the Romans, to the Greeks and to their own heroic past. The best ancient armies recruited soldiers from societies with strong competitive traditions; and the best ancient leaders, from Alexander to Julius Caesar, called upon those traditions to encourage ferocious competition at every rank. Ranging from the Battle of Champions between Sparta and Argos in 550 B.C. through Julian's invasion of Persia in A.D. 363, Soldiers and Ghosts brings to life the most decisive military contests of ancient Greece and Rome. Lendon places these battles, and the methods by which they were fought, in a sweeping narrative of ancient military history. On every battlefield, living soldiers fought alongside the ghosts of tradition-ghosts that would inspire greatness for almost a millennium before ultimately coming to stifle it.
Titolo autorizzato: Soldiers and ghosts  Visualizza cluster
ISBN: 1-281-72932-9
Formato: Materiale a stampa
Livello bibliografico Monografia
Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 9910451820703321
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