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Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC to AD 30 (Hardback)

History, Organization and Equipment

Ancient History Military

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 155
ISBN: 9781526730299
Published: 17th July 2019


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This book provides a complete and detailed analysis of the organization and equipment employed by the armies of the Hellenistic States. After Alexander the Great’s death in 323 BC, his immense Macedonian empire was divided between his ambitious generals, who in turn formed their own monarchies across Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa. This work will follow the development of the Hellenistic military forces from the army bequeathed by Alexander the Great to the complex military machines that succumbed one by one in the wars against the expanding Romans. As decades and centuries progressed, Hellenistic warfare became always more sophisticated: the 'diadochi' (Alexander’s successors) could field armies with thousands of men, chariots, elephants and siege machines; these came from all the territories of the former Macedonian Empire. The book will also show how Hellenistic forces were strongly influenced by Roman models during the last years of independence of their kingdoms. The states analysed are: Macedon, Seleucid Empire, Ptolemaic Egypt, Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, Armenia, Pergamon, Pontus, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bosporan Kingdom, Epirus, Sicily, Achaean League and Aetolian League.

This book is worth the very reasonable price for the colour plates alone.

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Balkan Wargamer

This book is worth the very reasonable price for the colour plates alone.

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Balkan Wargamer

From a military point of view, it was a fairly interesting mix. The book that is also useful to model makers and reenactors (the details of the various types of helmets are very interesting) is written with great care and attention to every aspect, both historical and military. It cannot be missing on the shelf of the enthusiast of this interesting historical period and of antiquity in general.

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Wargames Illustrated, June 2019

A book of great detail that outlines the various phases of the history of the Hellenistic States and couples it with very high quality colour plates showing the evolution of the personal protection used by the soldier. The evidence of weaponry and unit tactics is well worth the read.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

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.

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