Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece

Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece


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A major contribution to the debate over ancient Greek warfare by some of the world's leading scholars

Men of Bronze takes up one of the most important and fiercely debated subjects in ancient history and classics: how did archaic Greek hoplites fight, and what role, if any, did hoplite warfare play in shaping the Greek polis? In the nineteenth century, George Grote argued that the phalanx battle formation of the hoplite farmer citizen-soldier was the driving force behind a revolution in Greek social, political, and cultural institutions. Throughout the twentieth century scholars developed and refined this grand hoplite narrative with the help of archaeology. But over the past thirty years scholars have criticized nearly every major tenet of this orthodoxy. Indeed, the revisionists have persuaded many specialists that the evidence demands a new interpretation of the hoplite narrative and a rewriting of early Greek history. Men of Bronze gathers leading scholars to advance the current debate and bring it to a broader audience of ancient historians, classicists, archaeologists, and general readers.

After explaining the historical context and significance of the hoplite question, the book assesses and pushes forward the debate over the traditional hoplite narrative and demonstrates why it is at a crucial turning point. Instead of reaching a consensus, the contributors have sharpened their differences, providing new evidence, explanations, and theories about the origin, nature, strategy, and tactics of the hoplite phalanx and its effect on Greek culture and the rise of the polis.

The contributors include Paul Cartledge, Lin Foxhall, John Hale, Victor Davis Hanson, Donald Kagan, Peter Krentz, Kurt Raaflaub, Adam Schwartz, Anthony Snodgrass, Hans van Wees, and Gregory Viggiano.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691168456
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 640,608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. His most recent books are The Peloponnesian War and Thucydides: The Reinvention of History. Gregory F. Viggiano is associate professor of history at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He and Kagan are the authors of Problems in the History of Ancient Greece.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
Preface Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano ix
Introduction Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano xi
Chapter 1 The Hoplite Debate, Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano1
Chapter 2 The Arms, Armor, and Iconography of Early Greek Hoplite Warfare, Gregory F. Viggiano and Hans van Wees 57
Chapter 3 Hoplitai/Politai: Refighting Ancient Battles, Paul Cartledge 74
Chapter 4 Setting the Frame Chronologically, Anthony Snodgrass 85
Chapter 5 Early Greek Infantry Fighting in a Mediterranean Context, Kurt A. Raaflaub 95
Chapter 6 The Hoplite Revolution and the Rise of the Polis, Gregory F. Viggiano 112
Chapter 7 Hoplite Hell: How Hoplites Fought, Peter Krentz 134
Chapter 8 Large Weapons, Small Greeks: The Practical Limitations of Hoplite Weapons and Equipment, Adam Schwartz 157
Chapter 9 Not Patriots, Not Farmers, Not Amateurs: Greek Soldiers of Fortune and the Origins of Hoplite Warfare, John R. Hale 176
Chapter 10 Can We See the "Hoplite Revolution" on the Ground? Archaeological Landscapes, Material Culture, and Social Status in Early Greece, Lin Foxhall 194
Chapter 11 Farmers and Hoplites: Models of Historical Development, Hans van Wees 222
Chapter 12 The Hoplite Narrative, Victor Davis Hanson 256
List of Contributors 277
Index 279

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This is the new hoplite book everyone has been waiting for—punchy, stimulating, up-to-date, and full of excitement and contention, like a hoplite scrum."—John Ma, University of Oxford

"Controversies of great interest surround the topic of hoplite warfare and its connections to Greek society and culture. The scholars contributing to this excellent volume include some of the best in the world. The chapters present often-divergent views on crucial issues. Scholars of Greek military history, war and society, and archaic Greece will want to consult this important collection."—Peter Hunt, University of Colorado, Boulder

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