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Hoplites at War: A Comprehensive Analysis of Heavy Infantry
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How the Greeks Fought

Bardunias and Ray, authors of a number of books and articles on various aspects of ancient warfare, take a technical look at the mechanics of Hoplite combat. They are critical – often amusingly so – of misrepresentations made by earlier authors and especially Hollywood, in such notoriously inaccurate films as 300, and wisely note that “we make no claim that what we present here is undisputed truth.”

The book is divided into three parts:

“The Tools”: A look at the weapons and equipment and their evolution, use, and effects, including war siege engines and catapults.
“The Men”: A discussion of the physical capabilities, cultural conditioning, and psychology of the “typical” ancient Greek warrior, which even touches n PTSD.
“The Phalanx”: A look at different tactical formations within the framework of the equipment and terrain, with close attention to several actions, such as Mantinea, Marathon, and Cunaxa.


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