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The Army of Alexander the Great (Men-at-Arms #148)

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When Philip II ascended the throne in 359 BC, Macedonia was in danger of being engulfed by wild barbarian tribes to the north and wily Greek cities to the south. Philip had to expand the power of the throne or be swallowed up: the creation of a powerful army was imperative. When his son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom at the age of 20, he also inherited an army which was ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 26th 1992 by Osprey Publishing
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Apr 04, 2016 Myke Cole rated it liked it
While an excellent sourcebook for those researching minute details in Macedonian panoply and order of battle, Sekunda lacks the narrative flair of other Osprey authors. By deep diving into source material, he gives short shrift to the over-arching historical narrative that surrounds this, one of the greatest military machines the world has ever seen. You should certainly still read it, because you'll come away knowing intimately how the Macedonian army armed and deployed, just don't expect to be ...more
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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 ...more
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“To the Greeks [the Macedonians] were uncouth, semi-civilized barbarians. The Macedonians for their part despised the Greeks as effete, wishy-washy Greeklings. Both regarded the Thracians as scarcely capable of walking on their hind legs.” 2 likes
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