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Arms and Armor of the Greeks

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Iginal book from 1967 published in 1999 The only difference is an afterword in which Snodgrass comments on the state of then current research Otherwise this is just as seful an introduction to newcomers to ancient Greek warfare as the original book Written by an archaeologist it offers a practical approach to the field than similar books written by historians This book is an overview of ancient Greek warfare that expands on Snodgrass s earlier PhD dissertation published in 1964 as Early Greek Armour and Weapons Even after nearly 50 years that book is still the starting point when it comes to studying Early Greek arms and armour Later books have expanded pon Snodgrass s Early Greek arms and armour Later books have expanded pon Snodgrass s Especially With The Ongoing especially with the ongoing of excavation RESULTS FROM SITES SUCH AS OLYMPIA from sites such as Olympia the continued appearance of new syntheses but despite all this it has withstood the test of Was won he writes but the superiority of Greek euipment must have been an important factor here and elsewhere and at times perhaps a decisive one The Greeks in short were better armed than the Persians an edge that had evolved over centuries of martial experimentation Snodgrass traces the development of armor and weapons and the se of adjuncts like cavalry and war dogs through Greek history from Mycenaean times to the age of Alexander He notes gainsaying many other military historians. The book covered the Of The Various Greek Military the various Greek military and armor From The Mycenaean Age the Mycenaean the sixth century BC including the helmet shield body armor sword spear the bow and arrow the chariot horses and their armor the ax and the sling Primary source literary evidences were considered such as the Homeric poems and other contemporary poetry and later writers The author cited works of many other historians eg Lorimer H Hecken Dr H W Catling Gero von Merhart and W D onna and critiued their evidence weighing it to his own studies and the evidence The relevant artifacts were described and divided into relevant groups Information about the artifacts was also provided such as the museum catalogue numbers and where they were found I felt that the author s conclusions were well founded on the evidence and critical reason This is a new edition of the or. In 490 BC a force of some 10000 Athenians and their allies met a much larger Persian army on the rocky beach at Marathon The Greeks arrayed themselves in a thin line advancing on the Persians slowly then breaking into a run splitting the center and enfolding the Persian army in their wings The tactic surprised the Persians and even some Greeks But argues Cambridge University archaeologist AM Snodgrass tactical innovation alone did not carry the day We shall never know ite how Marathon. .
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Ime It a pity that to the best of my knowledge the book has never been reprinted but copies of it should be that to the best of my knowledge the book has never been reprinted but copies of it should be in any half decent academic library This book builds on that foundation and is recommended reading to anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with ancient Greek warfare Inarguably the go to book on the material record for Ancient Greek military history It s dated but I don t think this detracts at all from the book Snodgrass discussion of the development of euipment the regional variance and the practical applications of Ancient Greek militaria from the archaic period through the Hellenistic Age is cogent relevant and revelatory The book is lively and engaging and is often at odds to discussion of ancient warfare that comes from largely literary sources This dissonance A Letter To Pakistan underscores to importance of looking at ALL the evidence Worth your tim. Of ancient Greece that the Greeks were nowhere near as effective insing cavalry as were their opponents Persian and otherwise; even in Alexander's time he writes cavalry was neglected in favor of mass infantry attacks from heavily armed phalanxes a tactic that must have cost many lives but that surely put an Before Our Eyes unholy fear in the Greeks' enemies Snodgrass's slender volume is aseful companion for students of Herodotus Xenophon Homer and other chroniclers of ancient warfare Gregory McNam. ,