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Warfare in the Classical World is an eminently readable, detailed exploration of the art of warfare in the Graeco-Roman world which traces the evolution of weapons, fortifications, and battle tactics from the Mycenean and Homeric ages (more than 1000 years B.C.) to the barbarian invasions of Rome in the fifth century A.D. In his analysis of armed conflict, John Warry presents the reasons behind the fighting--the social and political roots of each struggle and the long-range ambitions of the leaders--and draws a ...
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Warfare in the Classical World is an eminently readable, detailed exploration of the art of warfare in the Graeco-Roman world which traces the evolution of weapons, fortifications, and battle tactics from the Mycenean and Homeric ages (more than 1000 years B.C.) to the barbarian invasions of Rome in the fifth century A.D. In his analysis of armed conflict, John Warry presents the reasons behind the fighting--the social and political roots of each struggle and the long-range ambitions of the leaders--and draws a portrait of military culture and military life throughout the classical period.

Julius Caesar, Demetrius the Besieger, Hannibal, and Alexander the Great are only a few of the colorful, cunning, and brilliant military commanders to be encountered here in accounts of the Trojan, Persian, and Peloponnesian wars, the decline of Sparta, the rise of the Macedonian Empire, the Punic Wars, the civil wars in Rome in the first century B.C., the wars of the Triumvirate, the Imperial Roman conquests, and the rise and ultimate success of the various barbarian forces.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760716960
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Comparing this all text to illustrative book isn't comparable

    Warfare in the Classical World by John Warry is an all text book that goes deep with satisfying detail ranging all the way from the wars of the Homeric Period to the Barbarian invasions that ended the western Empire, even further into the Eastern empire and the Dark Ages ( i recall explanations on the Greek fire that were used). All the commanders, well known and not are explained, the historic reference used from ancient historians, all the political/economic backrounds to war such as many of the campaigns being funded by silver mines from various Roman sites in a comment i recall, naval campaigns no less important are studied, every possible structure of war machines. Caesar, a lover of chronicling his campaigns for example even gave exact measurments of his earthworks and fortifications his army made without any logistics as it challenged Rome. It's a great book that i've read over many times because there's just so much information in it.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Informal Review by J. King

    This is a very good book on the subject matter. The writing seems cumbersome at some places. This doesn't take away from the research effort at all. This book still stands as a very useful addition to the cluttered field of Military History.

    My only other warning is that the author seems to sometimes lean toward the popular view which is not always that probably view but rather the view that was once taken by the victor and then passed down throughout the ages.

    Nevertheless, the author gives us tons of color illustrations of armor, weaponary, navy seacraft, battle maneuvers, actual battle re-creations. The author provides thrilling descriptions of stategies, weather conditions, political alliances, and much more. I guess the only thing that I could ask for is whether the author intends to complete a similar work from a more modern military history perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Just Read it

    The book is fine. Typographic errors should have been caught by the editor, publisher, typesetter or someone. Seems there was a mis-use of 'if' in place of 'of' on every other page, 'attrack' versus 'attract' was memorable. Worst was when I started digging around for the strange Greek guy. Have you ever heard of Ucydides? Yeah, Thucydides was what they meant. Had to read that paragraph a couple of times to get the idea that it was a typo. Yo, Barnes & Noble, The book is nice but if you clean up the typo's and re-publish I want a cleaned up copy for my bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    Not as good as the original

    The information in this book is invaluable for the ancient history warfare enthusiast. I read this book several years ago and it was filled with many descriptive illustrations of Greek & Roman armor, weapons and tactics. If you want the illustrations, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK TO BUY! It is very skimpy on the visuals and the few that are included are only in black and white. The prior editions of this book are the ones to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    Starts off good, but then loses it.

    It starts off with lots of detail on warfare as described in Greek mythology, including armour. This is very interesting, but largely speculative. As the book progresses, and, one assumes, the the historical and archeological basis for such discussions improves, the book actually has less of this information, and in fact concetrates on the political machinations of Rome. This is all well and good, but not in a book about warfare. The end of the book reads as if the writer got bored or had to reach a deadline, and suffers greatly for it. Although each chapter starts with a discussion of contemporary sources (very interesting), there is no bibliography, despite passing references to modern writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2000

    Different than the other one. And yet......

    This book is NOT the illustrated encyclopedia with the same title. It is 99% text. There are no battle maps or drawings except for 8 pages that contain (in black and white) some of the colorful illustrations from the previous book with (again) the same title. This one just has a different sub-title.

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