The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

Victor Davis Hanson


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The Greeks of the classical age invented not just the important thought of Western politics--that the ability of country will be guided by way of a majority of its citizens--but additionally the significant act of Western battle, the decisive infantry conflict. rather than ambush, skirmish, maneuver, or strive against among person heroes, the Greeks of the 5th century b.c. devised a ferocious, short, and damaging head-on conflict among armed males of every age. during this daring, unique learn, Victor Davis Hanson exhibits how this brutal company was once devoted to an analogous consequence as consensual government--an unequivocal, speedy solution to dispute.

The Western approach of War attracts from a rare diversity of sources--Greek poetry, drama, and vase portray, in addition to ancient records--to describe what truly happened at the battlefield. it's the first examine to discover the particular mechanics of classical Greek conflict from the vantage element of the infantryman--the brutal spear-thrusting, the trouble of scuffling with in heavy bronze armor which made it demanding to work out, pay attention and circulation, and the terror. Hanson additionally discusses the actual situation and age of the lads, weaponry, wounds, and morale.

This compelling account of what occurred at the killing fields of the traditional Greeks eventually indicates that their sort of armament and conflict used to be contrived to lessen time and existence misplaced by way of making the conflict event as decisive and appalling as attainable. Linking this new type of battling to the increase of constitutional govt, Hanson increases new matters and questions outdated assumptions concerning the historical past of war.

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