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The Greek and Macedonian Art of War

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This informal history traces battle tactics and military strategy from the time of the city-states' phalanxes of spearmen to the far-reaching combined operations of specialized land and sea forces in the Hellenistic Age.

The author first describes the attitude of the Greek city-state toward war, and shows the military conventions and strategies associated with it. He then r
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Paperback, 115 pages
Published February 1st 1962 by University of California Press (first published January 2nd 1962)
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Ralph
May 01, 2015 Ralph rated it it was amazing
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Though this book is not nearly as lengthy as many others on the subject of warfare among the ancient Hellenic peoples, it is as fully packed with information, and then some, as other books I’ve read on the subject, and contains many insightful observations ignored by other experts. Part of the reason for its conciseness, impact and scope rests, I think, in the fact that it began as a series of lectures to university students. The author was able to hone his words on the grindstones of students’ ...more
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Feb 25, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
This is a small book with a tremendous amount of data and analysis packed into the 100+ pages. Dr. Adcock traces the evolution of the hoplite and what constituted membership in that class. He also mentions some of the training. Within this book, we go from citizen-soldier to professional soldier, as Macedon perfects the phalanx as the ultimate form of maneuver. He also covers siegecraft, the use of elephants, cavalry, and naval warfare. This is an excellent book, and serves as an introduction to ...more
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Feb 27, 2010 Rollo rated it really liked it
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This book is a collection of lectures by Frank Ezra Adcock. Adcock held the chair in Ancient History in Cambridge University and co-edited the Cambridge Ancient History series of the 1920's and 1930's. This is a classic in its field.
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