Warfare in the Ancient World: From the Bronze Age to the Fall of Rome

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $28.80
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 35%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $28.80   
  • New (3) from $47.04   
  • Used (3) from $28.80   

Overview

From the clash of bronze weapons on bronze armor to the fall of Rome, war often decided the course of ancient history. This volume is a practical introduction to the study of warfare in the ancient world, beginning with Egypt and Mesopotamia, and tracing the advances made in battle tactics, technology, and government over hundreds of years, culminating with developments in Greece and the Roman Empire. The chronological structure allows the reader to trace certain general themes down through the centuries: how various civilizations waged war; who served in the various armies and why; who the generals and officers were who made the decisions in the field; what type of government controlled these armies; and from what type of society they sprang. Major events and important individuals are discussed in their historical contexts, providing a complete understanding of underlying causes, and enabling readers to follow the evolution of ancient warfare as armies and empires became steadily larger and more sophisticated. Yet as Chrissanthos makes clear, history comes full circle during this period. Rome's collapse in 476 C.E. inaugurated an unforeseen dark age in which great armies were left decimated despite advanced technology that, while proving decisive in the outcome of many critical battles and stand-offs, had vanished amidst the Empire's crumbling walls.

In addition to the chronological treatment, Chrissanthos also includes sections on such important topics as chariot warfare, cavalry, naval warfare, elephants in battle, the face of battle, and such vital, but often-overlooked topics as the provisioning of the army with sufficient food and water. Eyewitness accounts are incorporated throughout each chapter, allowing the reader brief glimpses into the life and times of peasants and soldiers, generals and politicians, all of whom were dealing with war and its irreconcilable consequences from differing vantage points. Battle diagrams and maps are carefully placed throughout the text to help the reader visualize particular aspects of ancient warfare. The book also furnishes a detailed timeline and an extensive bibliography containing both modern and ancient sources.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Recommended…"

-

Choice

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275985196
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Series: Praeger Series on the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

STEFAN G. CHRISSANTHOS teaches Greek, Roman, and World History at the University of California at Riverside. A scholar of ancient military history, he has contributed to numerous books on various military subjects, and has published many articles in journals such as the Journal of Roman Studies and Historia.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Bella Vivante

Warfare Timeline

Introduction

1. War in the Bronze Age

2. War in the Iron Age

3. War in the Archaic Age Greece, 800-500 B.C.E.

4. The Great Wars of Classical Greece, 499-362 B.C.E.

5. The Rise of Macedonia, 359-323 B.C.E.

6. War in the Hellenistic Age, 323-276 B.C.E.

7. The Rise of Rome, 753-264 B.C.E.

8. Romes March to Empire, 264-146 B.C.E.

9. The Fall of the Roman Republic, 133-31 B.C.E.

10. The Roman Empire, 31B.C.E.-180C.E.

11. THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, 180 C.E.-476 C.E.

Notes

Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)