Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1

Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1

by J. E. Lendon
4.5 2
ISBN-10:
0300119798
ISBN-13:
9780300119794
Pub. Date:
08/22/2006
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DRF24 More than 1 year ago
You have to like that sort of thing, but it's absolutely excellent. The discussions of ancient battle tactics are intelligible even to a reader not familiar with military history and Landon unabashedly acknowledges the limits of historical knowledge. He uses the Iliad to explain the ideals that the Greeks held regarding military combat and coherently explains how an epic poem in which officers sprint through active battle and exchange long verbal jabs before entering one-on-one combat led to the packed phalanx--as the closest possible facsimile.
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