By Harry Sidebottom
Greek and Roman war was once not like that of the other tradition sooner than or considering. the major distinction is frequently held to be that the Greeks and Romans practiced a "Western manner of War," within which the purpose is an open, decisive battle--won by means of braveness instilled, partially, by way of self-discipline. right here, Harry Sidebottom appears to be like at how this Western manner of battle was once built and maintained via the Greeks and Romans and why this idea is so standard today.
All facets of historical conflict are completely examined--from philosophy and technique to the technical abilities had to struggle. Sidebottom examines conflict within the wider context, exhibiting how wars have been in a position to form classical society, and the way an individual's identification used to be occasionally built by way of battle, as in relation to the Christian soldier combating in God's identify. He additionally explores the ways that old society thought of clash: Can a battle be simply? Why was once siege war really bloody? What function did divine intervention play within the end result of a conflict? Taking attention-grabbing examples from the iliad, Tacitus, and the Persian Wars, Sidebottom makes use of arresting anecdotes and impressive visible pictures to teach that any knowing of old warfare is an ongoing strategy of interpretation.
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Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Harry Sidebottom