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Armies of Ancient Greece Circa 500 to 338 BC (Kindle)

History, Organization & Equipment

Ancient History Military

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 167.6 MB (.mobi)
Illustrations: 150 colour images
ISBN: 9781526751911
eBook Released: 27th March 2020


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Conflict was rife among the Greeks of the Classical period, including some of the most famous wars and battles of the whole ancient period, such as the defeat of the Persians at Marathon, the Spartans’ heroic last stand at Thermopylae, the gruelling Pelopponesian War and the epic March of the Ten Thousand. The Greek heavy infantry spearmen, or hoplites, are one of the most recognizable types of ancient warrior and their tighly-packed phalanx formation dominated the battlefield. Covering the period from the Persian Wars to the Macedonian victory at the Battle of Chaeronea, Gabriele Esposito examines not only the hoplites but also the other troops that featured in Greek armies with growing importance as time went on, such as light infantry skirmishers and cavalry. He details their arms, armour and equipment, organization and tactics. His clear, informative text is beautifully illustrated with dozens of colour photographs showing how the equipment was worn and used.

A very important part of the book is given by the photos that all portray an association (based in Spain) which has made the recreation of the hoplite period its raison d'etre. I have no doubt that the effort and attention to detail on the part of these reenactors is maximum, and that in principle, this type of activity can lead to new discoveries and improve our knowledge of weapons.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is one of the book of the Armies of the Past series. I have been asked to a review a few of these and I find them amazing. As a Living history enthusiast I find Gabriele’s books to be great. The photography and reproduction of the dress, equipment and weaponry is very well done and helps the reader to see the work and craftsmanship that goes into this period of history.

The book covers the early part of Greek history and includes the birth of the Polis and the hoplite, as well as other troops of the period. It covers the Persian wars up to the rise of the Macedonian empire. All the major wars of the period are covered in this book.

The photos are not simply added a section in the middle of the book, but are used very liberally throughout the book. This really adds something to this range of book.

I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of history. You can read about the reenactment group that are the basis of the photography in the book.

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Medieval Sword School

Esposito offers up a thorough, highly focused, informative, and detailed look at the various types of soldiers, weaponry, and tactics of ancient Greece, dividing them up into various regions and noting the differences and similarities amongst them.

NetGalley, Bill Capossere

This book would be a great starting point for those wanting to learn about ancient Greece (never mind the "armies" part!) or for those wanting to have a clearer picture in their mind while reading fiction based in this time and place(s). There are no long timelines or lists of historical characters that the author expects you to remember from one page to the next - it's all laid out very simply and easily. The photos were an added bonus that really helped bring the book to life.

NetGalley, Dawn Lewis

About Gabriele Esposito

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. He is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include the following published by Pen & Sword: Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713 (2018), Armies of the Late Roman Empire AD 284-476 (2018), Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC-AD 30 (2019), Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC to AD 106 (2019) and Armies of Ancient Greece circa 500 to 338 BC (2020)

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