By P. J. Rhodes

Thoroughly up to date and revised, the second one variation of this profitable and largely praised textbook deals an account of the 'classical' interval of Greek historical past, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 BC to the demise of Alexander the good in 323 BC.

• vital new chapters were further, masking lifestyles and tradition within the classical Greek world

• gains new pedagogical instruments, together with textboxes, and a accomplished chronological desk of the West, mainland Greece, and the Aegean

• Enlarged and extra maps and illustrative material

• Covers the historical past of an incredible interval, together with: the flourishing of democracy in Athens; the Peloponnesian battle, and the conquests of Alexander the Great

• specializes in the proof for the interval, and the way the proof is to be interpreted

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Yet one could make a convincing argument that fighting and farming served as the foundations of the classical civilizations. 14 For the role of slaves in classical warfare, see now Hunt (1998); Welwei (1974). Kern (1999) discusses the fate of noncombatants during sieges. See Shipley (1993) 23, for summation of the new approach to ancient military history: ‘The selection of war as the paramount activity can be regarded as an attempt to direct energy towards maintaining a particular social structure, in which citizen was dominated by aristocrat, non-citizen by citizen, female by male, and barbarian by Greek.

Some scholars equipped with new information about the use of ancient terminology tried to apply those results to larger issues at hand: not only were journal articles devoted to past controversies, but entire books have emerged based on the particular usage of just a few important items of vocabulary. 17 A third development was a resurgence in studies of the the military forces of the Hellenistic world, brought about by a general reawakening among classicists of interest in the eastern Mediterranean between 323 and 31.

In that sense, traditionalists were only following the predilections of ancient historians like Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius and Caesar who saw war first-hand and wrote of it largely in the context of politics and statecraft. After the First World War a few French, English and American students of ancient warfare, perhaps under the influence of the new disciplines of anthropology, linguistics, folk studies and sociology, broadened considerably the scope of military enquiry – even though they were not always sure that they could offer concrete answers to the broader questions that they had raised.

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