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Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece Kindle Edition

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"In no other work will readers find the foremost experts on Greek political and military history, including Paul Cartledge, Donald Kagan, Hans Van Wees, and Peter Krentz, together."--Choice

"This book is geared to presenting the parameters of the hoplite debate in the clearest possible terms, a goal in which it succeeds. Anyone charged with teaching about hoplite warfare and its role in Greek history, let alone anyone doing original research on the subject, will find this book useful and necessary."--Matthew A. Sears, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Men of Bronze carries the debate forward brilliantly and, in the process, illuminates many other facets of the archaic and classical Greek world."--William Shepherd, Anglo-Hellenic Review

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"This is the new hoplite book everyone has been waiting for--punchy, stimulating, up-to-date, and full of excitement and contention, like a hoplite scrum."--John Ma, University of Oxford

"Controversies of great interest surround the topic of hoplite warfare and its connections to Greek society and culture. The scholars contributing to this excellent volume include some of the best in the world. The chapters present often-divergent views on crucial issues. Scholars of Greek military history, war and society, and archaic Greece will want to consult this important collection."--Peter Hunt, University of Colorado, Boulder

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  • File Size: 6314 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (June 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3I5SCQ
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Although not really intended for the beginner to ancient Greek studies, for those readers who already have an active interest in the subject, this book is a delight. Consisting of a series of essays by the leading scholars in the field, the chief benefit of the book is that it presents very different and often conflicting interpretations for the origin and nature of hoplite conflict. The book will challenge you to think more deeply about the subject by considering these different and opposing views. In short, very much worth the money and time spent reading.
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Gregory Viggiano, a staunch defender of the hoplite warfare theories of Victor Davis Hanson , and the esteemed Donald Kagan assembled the arguments in this book, which are the papers delivered at a Yale conference.
It is centered around discussions of three crucial questions:
1)The origins of the tactics and weapons of hoplite warfare.
2)The political, social and economic significance of the above.
3)The impact of hoplite warfare on Greek culture.

There is an introductory chapter on the Hoplite debate by the above, which goes in to the historiography of the problem, which extends back to the early 19th century in the massive history by George Grote. The chapters are as follows:
Arms, Armor, and Iconography by Viggiano and Van Wees
Hoplitai/Politai refighting ancient battles by Cartledge
Chronology by Snodgrass
Greek infantry fighting in the Mediterranean context by Raaflaub
The Hoplite Revolution by Viggiano
How Hoplites fought by Krentz; in which he rejects most of the "orthodox" interpretations of hoplite warfare arguing for a slow transition that allowed individuals to fight with personal style with small groups or individuals rushing ahead to fight, rather than a slow advance and formation fighting.
"How Much Hoplon Could A Hoplite Hump If A Hoplite Humped Hoplons?"....Practical limitations of arms and equipment by Schwartz
Greek mercenaries by Hale
Archaeological evidence by Foxhall
Farmers and Hoplites by Van Wees
The Holite "Narrative" by Hanson

This is well-documented and beautifully illustrated.
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I was very interested in reading about different conclusions from experts on the How, the Why and the What With of classical Hoplite warfare. The different writers presented the case for their viewpoints logically, cogently and with great skill. I used to accept Victor Davis Hanson's position on the subject as that of THE expert, but after reading "Men of Bronze" I think that maybe he overstates his case in some areas. The contributors certainly brought in other factors, such the date of the sources, the different interpretations of the material, and evidence from contemporary sources in the Near East and Egypt. Do I know how Hoplite battles went? No, not at all, but I certainly have a lot more background on the subject. I wondered if Re-enactment Groups might have something to add to the subject.
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