A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action

A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action

by Christopher Matthew

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612001197
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,224,625
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christopher Matthew has just completed his doctoral thesis on hoplite warfare at MacQuarie University in Sydney, where one of his assessors has said he 'singlehandedly advanced the whole field'. He has also been invited to lecture on the subject at other Australian universities. This book, closely based on his doctoral thesis, will be his first, although he has already had several articles published in academic journals. 'He is currently working on a new translation of Aelian's work on tactics and co-editing (with Dr Matthew Trundle) Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae, both of which will be published by Pen & Sword.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

List of Illustrations vii

List of Tables ix

List of Plates x

Abbreviations xii

Foreword xiii

Preface xix

1 The Hoplite Spear 1

2 Wielding the Hoplite Spear 15

3 Spears, Javelins and the Hoplite in Greek Art 19

4 Bearing the Hoplite Panoply 39

5 Repositioning the Spear in 'Hoplite Drill' 60

6 The Reach and Trajectory of Attacks made with the Hoplite Spear 71

7 The 'Kill Shot' of Hoplite Combat 93

8 Endurance and Accuracy when Fighting with the Hoplite Spear 113

9 The Penetration Power of the Hoplite Spear 130

10 The Use of the Sauroter as Weapon 146

11 Conclusion: The Individual Hoplite 165

12 Phalanxes, Shield Walls and Other Formations 168

13 The Hoplite Battle: Contact, Othismos, Breakthrough and Rout 205

14 Conclusion: The Nature of Hoplite Combat 238

Notes 242

Bibliography 296

Index 308

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