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Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece (ePub)

A Guide to their History, Topography and Archaeology

Ancient History Military P&S History > Archaeology

By Dr Matthew A. Sears, Dr C. Jacob Butera
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 24.6 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 118
ISBN: 9781473889996
Published: 13th May 2019


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Greece was the scene of some of the most evocative and decisive battles in the ancient world. This volume brings together the ancient evidence and modern scholarship on twenty battlefields throughout Greece. It is a handy resource for visitors of every level of experience, from the member of a guided tour to the veteran military historian.

The introductory chapter outlines some of the most pressing and interesting issues in the study of Ancient Greek battles and battlefields and offers a crash course on ancient warfare. Twenty lively chapters explore battlefields selected for both their historical importance and their inspiring sites. In addition to accessible overviews of each battle, this book provides all the information needed for an intellectually and aesthetically rewarding visit, including transport and travel details, museum overviews, and further reading.

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HiMA, Revue Internationale d'Histoire Militaire Ancienne, n°10-2021

"The authors should be praised for the idea to include archaeology in the subtitle of their book."

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

This useful work will appeal to a wide audience, from military buffs to historically minded tourists (and their guides), to students and scholars generally.

Association of College and Research Libraries

The book is excellent, both for the beginner and old hand at Ancient Military History. For the beginner the information is exactly what they would need to get into the subject, and it also gives the needed information for the lucky traveler to Greece. For us old hats, I believe the best part is the explanation of the topography. So we can visualize exactly why it was necessary for this bit of dirt to be stained with the blood of brave men.

A Wargamers Needful Things

... a very worthwhile book for those looking to visit the Greek battlefields.

The Armourer, December 2019

An impressive Guide/Manual/Encyclopedia of the most complete one can find.

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Miniaturas JM

This is a book is simply great. If you ever wanted a general reference for the battlefields of Ancient Greece, this is the one. It is a bonus that it is clearly written and well illustrated with maps, satellite photographs and photographs of items of interest remaining on the battlefield, and where each chapter identifies the primary sources for the battle as well as modern source material. Well recommended. It is also available in digital form which does lighten the physical load a little.

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This is a book I wish I had owned for the last 20 years! Jacob Butera and Matthew Sears have written an excellent guide to the battles and battlefields of ancient Greece... This book will undoubtedly be going with me on my next visit to Greece.

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Balkan Wargamer

The authors have crafted a very readable guide, supported by a fine collection of images – Very Highly Recommended

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The book is written in an academic but accessible manner. For each study, there are already mentioned extensive bibliographies, without weighing down the text with notes that would make it lose its immediate purpose of guiding the reader to the battlefields. It is a book which serves this purpose very well and which also serves as an easy reference for any historian or enthusiast of war in antiquity. A book that I sincerely recommend.

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Wargames Illustrated, August 2018

An excellent book detailing the battlefields of Ancient Greece. It carries a lot of detail but the narrative is not interrupted by it and it is a cohesive history. Particularly useful are the battle sites interpreted through satellite imagery. A very good guide to battles long ago.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Dr Matthew A. Sears

Dr Matthew A. Sears is an associate professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He writes on ancient history and culture, and has taught and travelled extensively in Greece and the Mediterranean.

About Dr C. Jacob Butera

Dr C. Jacob Butera is an assistant professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He writes on the ancient military and commemoration, and has taught and travelled extensively in Greece, Italy, and the Mediterranean.

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