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Warfare in the Ancient World From the Bronze Age to the Fall of Rome

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ISBN-10: 0275985199

ISBN-13: 9780275985196

Edition: 2008

Authors: Stefan G. Chrissanthos

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From the clash of bronze weapons on bronze armor to the fall of Rome, war often decided the course of ancient history. This volume is a practical introduction to the study of warfare in the ancient world, beginning with Egypt and Mesopotamia, and tracing the advances made in battle tactics, technology, and government over hundreds of years, culminating with developments in Greece and the Roman Empire. The chronological structure of the book allows the reader to trace certain general themes down through the centuries: how various civilizations waged war; who served in the various armies and why; who the generals and officers were who made the decisions in the field; what type of government controlled these armies; and from what type of society they sprang. Major events and important individuals are discussed in their historical contexts, providing a complete understanding of underlying causes, and enabling readers to follow the evolution of ancient warfare as armies and empires became steadily larger and more sophisticated. Yet as Chrissanthos makes clear, history comes full circle during this period. Rome's collapse in 476 C.E. inaugurated an unforeseen dark age in which great armies were left decimated--made weaker by an inability to amass in large numbers--despite advanced technology that, while proving decisive in the outcome of many critical battles and stand-offs, had vanished amidst the Empire's crumbling walls. In addition to the chronological treatment, Chrissanthos also includes sections on such important topics as chariot warfare, cavalry, naval warfare, elephants in battle, the "face" of battle, and such vital, but often-overlooked topics as the provisioning of the army with sufficient food and water. Eyewitness accounts are incorporated throughout each chapter, allowing the reader brief glimpses into the life and times of peasants and soldiers, generals and politicians, all of whom were dealing with war and its irreconcilable consequences from differing vantage points. Battle diagrams and maps are carefully placed throughout the text to help the reader visualize particular aspects of ancient warfare. The book also furnishes a detailed timeline and an extensive bibliography containing both modern and ancient sources.
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

STEFAN G. CHRISSANTHOS teaches Greek, Roman, and World History at the University of California at Riverside. A scholar of ancient military history, he has contributed to numerous books on various military subjects, and has published many articles in journals such as the Journal of Roman Studies and Historia.

Series Foreword
Warfare Timeline
War in the Bronze Age
War in the Iron Age
War in Archaic Age Greece, 800-500 B.C.E.
The Great Wars of Classical Greece, 499-362 B.C.E.
Macedonia, 359-323 B.C.E.
War in the Hellenistic Age, 323-276 B.C.E.
The Rise of Rome, 753-264 B.C.E.
Rome's March to Empire, 264-146 B.C.E.
The Fall of the Roman Republic, 133-31 B.C.E.
The Roman Empire, 31 B.C.E.-180 C.E.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 180 C.E.-476 C.E.
Further Readings