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Title:
The wars of the ancient Greeks : and their invention of western military culture
Author:
Hanson, Victor Davis.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 1999.
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780304352227
Format :
Book

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The Ancient Greeks--who believed that war is the most important thing humans do--bequeathed to the West an incomparable military legacy that still influences the structure of armies and doctrine. Understand the reasons why their unique approach to fighting was so successful and so relentless, its role at the heart of classical culture, the rise of the city state, agrarian duels, the emergence of Athenian and Spartan power, the development of war as a specialized science, and the collapse of Greek warfare after Alexander the Great. 224 pages, 70 color illus., 80 b/w illus., 7 3/4 x 10 3/8.


Author Notes

Victor Davis Hanson is the military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several popular books on classic warfare, including "The Other Greeks", "Who Killed Homer?", & "The Western Way of War". He lives in Selma, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)