Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors and Warfare in the Ancient Civilisations of Greece and Rome

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This superbly illustrated volume traces the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 B.C. and A.D. 800, from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Ravenna and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. John Warry tells of an age of great military commanders such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar - men whose feats of generalship still provide material for discussion and admiration in the military academies of the ...

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Overview

This superbly illustrated volume traces the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 B.C. and A.D. 800, from the rise of Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Ravenna and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. John Warry tells of an age of great military commanders such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar - men whose feats of generalship still provide material for discussion and admiration in the military academies of the world.

The text is complemented by a running chronology, 16 maps, 50 newly researched battle plans and tactical diagrams, and 125 photographs, 65 of them in color.

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Abundant color and b&w illustrations and photos accompany text tracing the evolution of the art of warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds between 1600 BC and AD 800. Describes military commanders such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, and provides details on uniforms, equipment, weapons, war ships, and war elephants from the rise of the Mycenaean civilization to the collapse of the western Roman Empire. Contains maps, a running chronology, battles plans, and a glossary. For high school level and up. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806127941
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 787,731
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 11.51 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Pronunciation of Ancient Languages 8
Homeric and Mycenaean Warfare 10
The Persian Wars 24
The Peloponnesian War 40
The Decline of Sparta and Ascendancy of Thebes 54
Alexander the Great 70
Alexander's Successors and the Later Greek World 86
Pyrrhus of Epirus and the Roman Republic 100
The Punic Wars and Roman Expansion 114
Marius and Sulla 130
Pompey and his Epoch 144
Julius Caesar 158
The Wars of the Triumvirate 174
The Military Task of Imperial Rome 188
The Coming of the Barbarians 204
Glossary 218
Index 220
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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 4, 2005

    AWESOME!

    This book is the most insightful and stay on topic book about warafre ive ever read. The diagrams, pictures and battle plans were all so concise and accurate. A must read for an historian!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    A Great Reference!

    I'm a historical novel writer, and this book is great to refer to for facts of the armor, warfare of ancient Greece. The pictures are detailed, the captions interesting, and the main body text informative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    The Ages of Antiquity

    A great book with tons of illustrations and loads of information on subjects ranging from the early Mycenaeans all the way up to the Late Roman Imperial period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    The best book out there!

    This has to be the most comprehensive book on the subject available to the public today. The accurate maps, drawings and pictures of the war machines and tactics of Ancient Greece and Rome are outstanding. If you like this subject, BUY THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Borrowed and not returned

    I made the mistake of loaning this book and am now buying it again. If you are at all interested in war in ancient Greece and Rome this is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Best book on Ancient Warfare

    An excellent book the spans from the Homeric Greek period to the fall of the Roman Empire. It covers all that you would want or would need to know about ancient warfare.

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