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Greek Hoplite 480-323 BC (Warrior #27)
The Greek hoplite, the archetypal spear-armed warrior, is perhaps the most prevalent figure in our view of the 'Golden Age' of Ancient Greek civilisation. It was during this period that the state began to take greater responsibility for military organisation, and the arming and equipping of its citizens. From the victory at Marathon over Darius of Persia (490 BC), through ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 25th 2000 by Osprey Publishing
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The illustrations and the number of pages suggest a book for juvenile readers, but the text does not. The introduction says "this book is aimed at the general reader who may well be familiar with the works of Herodotus or Thucydides", and overall I get the impression that Sekunda had adults in mind, but the publisher either wanted to market it to children, or didn't know how to package an adults' book. It needs a bibliography.
Well, this is a good book on Greek Hoplites, full of useful information to add to my understanding of this style of warfare. The illustrations are immensely useful and it covers small detail which other books just miss out on. However, details on some of the equipment is a bit deficient, for instance there is no attempt to categorise the different helmet types properly. Also, the organisation on the battlefield is not rather rushed over and a much better take on that can be found in Greece and R ...more
Standard Osprey text dealing with hoplites of classical Greece. Basic coverage of the background of hoplite units, training and developments in regard of equipments. Some space is also dedicated to organization and theories regarding use of hoplite units on the battlefield. Basic introduction to the topic, but further reading is required for real understanding of warfare in classical Greece.
Dr. Nicholas Victor Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his Ph.D. in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and ...moreMore about Nicholas Sekunda...
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