Warfare was of central importance to ancient societies and recent years have seen an explosion of interest in almost every aspect of ancient warfare. This book, however, will fill an important gap, by providing a broad selection of source material with explanatory commentary covering the whole period of antiquity.What makes this book different is its focus on continuity and change through the long duration, the detailed commentaries on the evidence presented, as well as a holistic focus on war, society, economics and religion alongside tactical and strategic considerations. It will highlight problems and debates about ancient warfare, providing readers with the source material on key and controversial subjects, such as the origins and development of hoplite warfare or the introduction of the poor into the Roman Republican armies.
Professor Matthew Trundle is the head of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research specialities are the history of Greece, Rome and the Near East, as well as Greek warfare and historiography. His most recent publication is Greek Mercenaries: From the late Archaic Period to Alexander (2004)
1: Attitudes to Warfare
2: The Homeric and Early Greek World 1300-500 BCE
3: The Hoplite and Greek World 700BCE-412 CE
4: Naval Warfare
5: The Transformation of Greek Warfare 412-338 CE
6: Philip and Alexander the Great
7: Hellenistic Warfare
8: Early Italian and Roman Warfare
9: Roman Army of the Great Wars 264-146 BCE
10: The Late Republic
11: The Early Empire
12: Late Antique Warfare
13: Conclusion - Continuity and Change.