This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about developments in warfare in Greece from the Late Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. It explains that it was usually the citizens who both assembled to take the decision to march out and armed themselves for the undertaking when city-state like Athens and Sparta went to war. This volume considers the role of religion, the nature of the economy and the relationship between the individual and his or her community, before, during and after wars.
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