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Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece, Revised edition / Edition 1
     

Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece, Revised edition / Edition 1

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by Victor Davis Hanson
 

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ISBN-10: 0520215966

ISBN-13: 9780520215962

Pub. Date: 10/20/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

The ancient Greeks were for the most part a rural, not an urban, society. And for much of the Classical period, war was more common than peace. Almost all accounts of ancient history assume that farming and fighting were critical events in the lives of the citizenry. Yet never before have we had a comprehensive modern study of the relationship between agriculture

Overview

The ancient Greeks were for the most part a rural, not an urban, society. And for much of the Classical period, war was more common than peace. Almost all accounts of ancient history assume that farming and fighting were critical events in the lives of the citizenry. Yet never before have we had a comprehensive modern study of the relationship between agriculture and warfare in the Greek world. In this completely revised edition of Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece, Victor Davis Hanson provides a systematic review of Greek agriculture and warfare and describes the relationship between these two important aspects of life in ancient communities. With careful attention to agronomic as well as military details, this well-written, thoroughly researched study reveals the remarkable resilience of those farmland communities. In the past, scholars have assumed that the agricultural infrastructure of ancient society was often ruined by attack, as, for example, Athens was relegated to poverty in the aftermath of the Persian and later Peloponnesian invasions. Hanson's study shows, however, that in reality attacks on agriculture rarely resulted in famines or permanent agrarian depression. Trees and vines are hard to destroy, and grainfields are only briefly vulnerable to torching. In addition, ancient armies were rather inefficient systematic ravagers and instead used other tactics, such as occupying their enemies' farms to incite infantry battle. Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece suggests that for all ancient societies, rural depression and desolation came about from more subtle phenomena‹taxes, changes in political and social structure, and new cultural values‹rather thanfromdestructive warfare.

Author Biography: Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author of The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (1986), The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (1995), and Fields Without Dreams: Defing the Agrarian Idea (1996).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520215962
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/20/1998
Series:
Biblioteca Di Studi Antichi Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
974,459
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition, ix,
Preface to the First Edition, xvii,
Introduction, 1,
PART ONE: THE ATTACK ON AGRICULTURE, 17,
1. Military Organization, 19,
2. The Methods of Agricultural Destruction, 42,
PART TWO: THE DEFENSE OF AGRICULTURE, 77,
3. Fortification, 79,
4. Evacuation, 103,
5. Sorties, 122,
PART THREE: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AGRICULTURAL DEVASTATION, 129,
6. The Devastation of Attica during the Peloponnesian War, 131,
Conclusion, 174,
Appendix: The Vocabulary of Agricultural Devastation, 185,
Select Bibliography, 195,
Updated Commentary and Bibliography, 201,
General Index, 253,
Index Locorum, 269,

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