Greece, The Hellenistic World and the Rise of Rome by S. A. Cook, F. E. Adcock, M. P. Charlesworth

By S. A. Cook, F. E. Adcock, M. P. Charlesworth

Greece, The Hellenistic global and the increase of Rome ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Cambridge collage PressСерия: The Cambridge heritage of Greek and Roman WarfareАвтор(ы): Philip SabinЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2008Количество страниц: 631ISBN: 978-0-521-782739Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.78 mb RapidIfolder eighty five

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Marsden (1969), (1971) on the mechanical writers remains invaluable. 1 Page from a tenth-century Byzantine copy of Asclepiodotus’ Art of Tactics, with drawings of ‘chequerboard’ and other formations. Although Greek philosophers accepted both the ubiquity and inevitability of state conflict, no single analytical or philosophical monograph on the nature of warfare exists in either Greek or Latin literature. The lamentable absence of such systematic ancient discussions in part may explain the treatise that outlines the structure of civilian and military governance of the Empire, see Goodburn and Bartholomew (1976); Hoffmann (1969–70).

In an age in which we have vastly more knowledge that did nineteenth-century military historians, it is worrisome that we are reluctant to pose, much less, answer such sweeping questions. Despite occasional controversies concerning the methods and topics of investigating the ancient world at war, classical scholarship continues to ground the field firmly in the philological and bibliographical traditions of the last two centuries. In addition, narrative history is still in vogue, especially lengthy and sometimes multi-volume accounts of the major wars of Greece and Rome that are based closely on ancient historical accounts.

3 See below, p. 27. 4 See also Shipley (1993) 23 (cited below, at n. 70), and ch. 9 in this volume. 22 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 war fare in ancient lit erat ure 23 I look specifically at the literary sources and at the problems of using them; I concentrate on their handling of three topics: archers, women, slaves. Already in the previous section I shall prepare for this by introducing the main literary sources and noting the way they interrelate, by exploiting them for what they imply or take for granted about war and fighting, by identifying recurrent historiographical themes, and by issuing cautions to do with the essentially rhetorical and sometimes downright tendentious character of much of the literary evidence, narrative as well as speeches.

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