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The Greek Hoplite Phalanx (Kindle)

The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World

Ancient History Military

By Dr Richard Taylor
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 53.6 MB (.mobi)
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Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781526788580
eBook Released: 9th December 2021


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The Greek hoplite and the phalanx formation in which he fought have been the subject of considerable academic debate over the past century. Dr Richard Taylor provides an overview of the current state of play in the hoplite debate in all its aspects, from fighting techniques to the social and economic background of the ‘hoplite revolution’, in a form that is accessible for the general reader and military history enthusiast. But the book goes further: offering a new perspective on the hoplite phalanx by putting it in the context of other military developments in the Mediterranean world in the middle of the first millennium BC. He argues that the Greek phalanx was different in degree but not in kind from other contemporary heavy infantry formations and that the hoplite debate, with its insistence on the unique nature of the hoplite phalanx, has obscured the similarities with other equivalent formations. The result is a fresh take on a perennially popular subject.

An inherently fascinating and impressively informative work of meticulous historical scholarship, "The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a five page List of Battles, a three page Glossary, thirty pages of Notes, a one page listing of Abbreviations & Translations, a seven page Bibliography, and a five page Index -- making "The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World a welcome and highly recommended addition to the growing library of Ancient Greek cultural and military histories.

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Midwest Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a fascinating work on the Greek phalanx, the canon tactic for warfare in Ancient Greece. I would highly recommend this work to those who wish to enhance their knowledge on this matter.

NetGalley, Dylan Simon

For the serious student of Ancient Greek Warfare or wargamer this should be part of your collection.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

About Dr Richard Taylor

Dick Taylor started his service in the British army at the tender age of sixteen as a Junior Trooper at the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps in Bovington. After completing training he served with 3RTR and 2RTR. As well as being a tank commander, he was a specialist in tank gunnery. He was commissioned as a captain in 2000 into 1RTRand left the regular army as a lieutenant colonel in 2013, although he has since been mobilized for operational service three times for tours overseas. During his long career he completed fifteen operational deployments to various hot spots including three tours of Afghanistan, two to Iraq, as well as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. He remains in the Army Reserve. He is the official historian of the Royal Armoured Corps, has an avid interest in modern and military history and writes military history books for a hobby. His recent publications include The Second World War Tank Crisis: The Fall and Rise of British Armour 1919-1945 and Armoured Warfare in the British Army 1914-1939.

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