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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185367303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853673030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Connolly is renowned for his scholarship of the ancient world as well as being a highly respected artist.  He is the author of The Greek Armies, The Roman Army, The Roman Cavalry and The Ancient City.

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Well worth a full five stars.
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Connolly is an excellent illustrator, and his pictures are still unsurpassed.
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This is a great book for anyone even remotely interested in this period.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Larsen on June 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Why do I say this? First of all, it's very readable and approachable. Even kids will love it. (OK, admittedly, few will read it cover-to-cover, but that's hardly the point. DON'T be surprised if they do, though. In spite of its density and scholarship, I've known a few lads who've mined seemingly every page.) The pictures in it are absolutley wonderful, as well. Connolly is an excellent illustrator, and his pictures are still unsurpassed. (Incidently, Connolly put out some excellent children's books as well, some of which are still in print.) For the older reader, though, Connolly is still a must-have. He knows the archaeology as well as anyone. What makes him unique is that he's enough of a craftsman to go out and try to make these things so that he could get a feel for how they were used. Thus, his attempt at re-creating a Roman shield found in Egypt caused him to create a revolutionary theory for how the legions fought in the republican period. Likewise, his reproduction of a Greek hoplite shield led him to modify his understanding of how the Greek and Macedonian phalanx differed. Further, while most books before him concentrated heavily on the "ideals" (i.e., the fully developed Roman legion or Macedonian phalanx), Connolly took some time to spin some theories on the transition phases through which these things developed. Thus, for example, he spins a novel theory on how the Macedonian phalanx developed out of the Theban tactics of Epanimondas and that the odd-shaped "boetian" shield was a part of this development. All of this is not to say that he is an unquestionable authority on such matters where we are bumping up against the available data and controversy results. Nevertheless, Connolly is a wonderful teacher in those areas where consensus reigns and an important voice to take into account even where he may be controversial.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Rivette on July 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is truly an outstanding book that does an excellent job of sketching the advancement of the Greeks and Romans in the Military Art. There are outstanding illustrations that give as accurate a picture as possible of the arms, armor, and tactics of these two dynamic civilizations. Most of us are visual learners and the diagrams of the warriors, equipment, and formations of this period helps one to visualize the Greek phalanx or the Roman cohort in the attack and what were their strengths and weaknesses. There are also outstanding illustrations of siege equiment, ships, and fortications. I must confess that this book helped to inspire me to write the novel, The Chief Centurion, as I was able to picture in my mind much clearer what that soldier looked like and what it must have been like to have had to march and fight in the armor of the period. I strongly reccommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Greek or Roman soldier and wants to be able to visualize how he looked and fought.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is magnificent benefit, which maintane describe of military antique world (Greece and Rome), armour and arms. My opinion, that this book will be interested all people, who like military history and men at arms. Thank You, Peter Connolly! I will be very glad to acquaint with you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Falzone on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent image/pictures, graphics and text to go with it. Connolly has managed to take an overwhelming subject and hit just the right points for novice as well as expert. For the novice, concise but detailed explanations on a huge range of subjects; from pitching camp on the march, to type of cloak worn underneath a legionnaire's cuirass. For the expert, not often seen or described details regards Camp minutia. Fluid writing, detailed graphics to compliment the text. Well worth the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy reading this book. It has great information about the various military structures of the greek and roman armys. The book goes in detail about how they fought, what armor they wore, how the marched, even what kind of food they ate. But this is only about half the book. The other parts of the book talk about differnt wars, battles, and campaigns. One of my favorite part of this book is about how the romans gradualy took over italy. I thought this was very intersting. I am a big military history fan so I already knew some things about Marius, Ceaser, and the Punic wars, but never had I come upon a detailed acount of how the romans really came to power in italy. It was also intersting to read about the early italian military systems.

The book went into great detail about many ages of fighting, and gave detailed accounts of battles acnd campaigns. This book is a great book for anyone to read. It has the detail to impress any hisorian and also has cosmetic appeal to keep you intersted.

This book is well worth your money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spiros Maroudas on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is one of the best books I' ve ever read! What I liked the most was the siege warfare, the siege weapons and the reconstruction of soldiers and battle formations! Being a Greek, I can assure you that the Greek section of the book is very helpful in learning ancient warfare!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Snow on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have always been an avid history buff, especially during the Hellenistic, Greco-Roman Era, and was very impressed with Peter Connolly's book. I teach history courses at a local Junior College and have used this book in my curriculum on many occasions. I would highly recommend this book to all ages. Good pictures, good research, and very interesting dialogue.
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