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The Greek Hoplite Phalanx (ePub)

The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World

Ancient History Military

By Dr Richard Taylor
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 22.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781526788573
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

DR RICHARD TAYLOR has a BA and a DPhil in Ancient History from Oxford University. His doctoral thesis won the Hellenic Foundation prize for best UK thesis in classics and ancient history. He has published a number of articles on ancient history and warfare in Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients, and is the author of The Macedonian Phalanx (Pen & Sword Books, 2020). He has worked in publishing and currently works in IT at a UK university.

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