Roman Conquests: Macedonia and Greece

Roman Conquests: Macedonia and Greece

by Philip Matyszak


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In the late 3rd century BC, while Rome struggled for her very survival against the Carthaginians in the Second Punic War, Philip V of Macedon allied with Hannibal in pursuit of his dream for a new Macedonian empire. Once Carthage was defeated, however, the Roman army for the first time turned its full attention to the Greek world.

The stage was set for the clash of two of the most successful military systems of the ancient world, the Roman legions versus the Macedonian phalanx. Though sorely tested, the legions emerged victorious from

the epic battles of Cynoscephalae and Pydna. The home of Alexander the Great fell under the power of Rome, along with the rest of Greece, the cradle of Western Civilization, which had a profound effect on Roman culture and society.

Philip Matyszak gives a clear narrative of the course of these wars, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain. Specially commissioned color plates bring the main troop types vividly to life in meticulously researched detail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526726780
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: Roman Conquests Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

PHILIP ‘MATY’ MATYSZAK holds a doctorate in Ancient History from St John’s College, Oxford University, and has been studying, teaching and writing on the subject for over twenty years. He specializes in the history of Classical Greece and of the Late Republic and Early Imperial periods of Rome. Maty has personal military experience both as a conscript in Rhodesia and with the Territorial Army in Britain. These days he splits his time between writing in his home in Canada’s Monashee Mountains and providing e-learning courses for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Maps vii

List of Illustrations xiv

Introduction xv

1 Greece 221 BC: Anatomy of a War Zone 1

2 The Opening Shots 12

3 The First Macedonian War 33

4 From Uneasy Peace to Renewed War 53

5 The Road to Cynoscephalae 71

6 The Seleucids Come 95

7 After Philip 115

8 The Third Macedonian War 135

9 Andriscus 157

10 Aftermath 175

Notes 182

Bibliography 187

Index 189

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