Top critical review
Worth the read
July 5, 2019
The author has attempted to analyze the Hellenistic Phalanx and explain it's failure against the Roman Legion. While it met with limited success when it met the legion, as time goes by, the phalanx utterly fails the test. The primary reason for this is that as time went by, the quality and discipline of the phalangite decreased, while it was faced with armies with superior organization and discipline. The author fails to address this.
I feel the author makes several critical errors in his assumptions and choices in his line of reasoning. This book is an excellent book for the beginner in the period of for the wargamer, as the book has some nice plates at the end of the book.
Cole however, is no Bar-Kochva, and for the serious student of military history, additional works must be used.