Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity [NOOK Book]

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This study of military changes across Greece and Rome is designed to appeal to the general reader. Soldiers and Ghosts seeks to explore why changes in warfare took place set against the backgrounf of a slow process of technological change. Lendon emphasises the role of discipline, heroism, patriotism, military obedience, loyalty, and recollection and emulation of a heroic past in the history of warfare and discusses how both Greeks and Romans built on the 'ghosts of tradition', the cultural traditions and heroes ...
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Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity

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Overview

This study of military changes across Greece and Rome is designed to appeal to the general reader. Soldiers and Ghosts seeks to explore why changes in warfare took place set against the backgrounf of a slow process of technological change. Lendon emphasises the role of discipline, heroism, patriotism, military obedience, loyalty, and recollection and emulation of a heroic past in the history of warfare and discusses how both Greeks and Romans built on the 'ghosts of tradition', the cultural traditions and heroes of the past. From Homer's Iliad , the origins of the phalanx, hoplite warfare, the Persian Wars, Alexander the Great, Hellenistic warfare, through to Roman warfare up until the 4th century AD, the book covers a wide period of history.
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Editorial Reviews

Military History
Soldiers & Ghosts is an excellent starting point for readers interested in the military histories of Greece and Rome.”

— Nicholas E. Efstathiou

Ancient History

"Soldiers and Ghosts stimulates the reader and has many interesting insights. I particularly like the bibliographic notes pointing to further research."—Matthew Trundle, Ancient History

— Matthew Trundle

From the Publisher

Soldiers and Ghosts is a stunningly original contribution to our understanding of ancient warfare, written with great style and verve. It is one of those rare books that powerfully challenges received opinion and demands attention. At the same time, it is a wonderful read that should hold appeal for any layman with an interest in the Greeks and Romans or simply in the history of warfare.”—Donald Kagan, author of The Peloponnesian War

Soldiers and Ghosts offers a wholly original cultural history of Greek and Roman warfare. The book is hugely impressive in scope and ambition, often brilliant in interpretation, elegantly constructed and wonderfully written.”—Hans van Wees, author of Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities

Donald Kagan
"Soldiers and Ghosts is a stunningly original contribution to our understanding of ancient warfare, written with great style and verve. It is one of those rare books that powerfully challenges received opinion and demands attention. At the same time, it is a wonderful read that should hold appeal for any layman with an interest in the Greeks and Romans or simply in the history of warfare."—Donald Kagan, author of The Peloponnesian War
Hans van Wees
Soldiers and Ghosts offers a wholly original cultural history of Greek and Roman warfare. The book is hugely impressive in scope and ambition, often brilliant in interpretation, elegantly constructed and wonderfully written.”—Hans van Wees, University College, London, author of Greek Warfare: myths and realities
Military History - Nicholas E. Efstathiou
Soldiers & Ghosts is an excellent starting point for readers interested in the military histories of Greece and Rome.”
Ancient History - Matthew Trundle

"Soldiers and Ghosts stimulates the reader and has many interesting insights. I particularly like the bibliographic notes pointing to further research."—Matthew Trundle, Ancient History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300128994
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 239,899
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


J. E. Lendon teaches history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Empire of Honour: The Art of Government in the Roman World.
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  • Posted November 16, 2014

    You have to like that sort of thing, but it's absolutely excelle

    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.

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