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Osprey's survey of Greek warriors of the period of the Bronze Age from 1600 to 1100 BC. More than a century has passed past since German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the treasures of Bronze Age Mycenae. The richly decorated artifacts of the entombed warriors, whose bodies still lay in their graves, confirmed that Homer's epic The Iliad was based upon true events, and that the Achaeans described in his poems probably did exist.
Through a combined study of the mythical tradition, archeological findings, and written sources, this fascinating addition to the Warrior series explores the evolution of warfare in the Bronze Age Greek world. Covering weaponry, clothing, helmets, and body armor, it provides a richly illustrated guide to the warriors who have shone from the pages of Homer's poem for almost three millennia.
About the Author
Raffaele D'Amato was awarded a degree in Romano-Byzantine Law in 1993 from the University of Turin. He has collaborated with magazines and specialist publications in the fields of ancient and medieval history. He has written a number of magazine articles and published two books on the Mycenean age and Dark Age warriors. He is currently working as an external researcher at the University of Athens on several projects on the arms and armour of the eastern Roman army.
Born in 1962, Andrea Salimbeti has had a life-long interest in ancient military history, in particular the Bronze Age in Greece and the Middle East. He served as a paratrooper in the Italian Army in Beirut and attended the Space Academy and flight training in USA. He now works for the space program, and is also author of various articles on aerospace technology and flight equipment.
Table of Contents
Military Organization and Command Structure 7
Weapons and Armour 12
Chariots in Linear B
Siege Warfare and Naval Warfare 47
The Life and Duty of a Warrior 52
Duties in the citadels and abroad
Training and discipline
Belief and belonging
The Warrior in Battle 56
War Campaigns 57
Sites, Museums and Electronic Resources 60
Select Bibliography 61