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Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1
     

Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1

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by J. E. Lendon
 

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ISBN-10: 0300119798

ISBN-13: 9780300119794

Pub. Date: 08/22/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

Sparta, Macedon, and Rome—how did these nations come to dominate the ancient world? What set their armies apart? Noting this was an age that witnessed few technological advances, J. E. Lendon shows us that the most successful armies were those that made the most effective use of cultural tradition. Ancient combat moved forward by looking backward for

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Sparta, Macedon, and Rome—how did these nations come to dominate the ancient world? What set their armies apart? Noting this was an age that witnessed few technological advances, J. E. Lendon shows us that the most successful armies were those that made the most effective use of cultural tradition. Ancient combat moved forward by looking backward for inspiration—the Greeks, to Homer; the Romans, to the Greeks and to their own heroic past. The best ancient armies recruited soldiers from societies with strong competitive traditions; and the best ancient leaders, from Alexander to Julius Caesar, called upon those traditions to encourage ferocious competition at every rank.
Ranging from the Battle of Champions between Sparta and Argos in 550 B.C. through Julian’s invasion of Persia in A.D. 363, Soldiers and Ghosts brings to life the most decisive military contests of ancient Greece and Rome. Lendon places these battles, and the methods by which they were fought, in a sweeping narrative of ancient military history. On every battlefield, living soldiers fought alongside the ghosts of tradition—ghosts that would inspire greatness for almost a millennium before ultimately coming to stifle it.

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ISBN-13:
9780300119794
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
299,389
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DRF24 More than 1 year ago
You have to like that sort of thing, but it's absolutely excellent. The discussions of ancient battle tactics are intelligible even to a reader not familiar with military history and Landon unabashedly acknowledges the limits of historical knowledge. He uses the Iliad to explain the ideals that the Greeks held regarding military combat and coherently explains how an epic poem in which officers sprint through active battle and exchange long verbal jabs before entering one-on-one combat led to the packed phalanx--as the closest possible facsimile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago