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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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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.