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The Ancient Greeks at War$
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Louis Rawlings

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719056574

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.001.0001

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The makers of war

The makers of war

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(p.43) Chapter 3 The makers of war
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The Ancient Greeks at War
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Louis Rawlings

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.003.0004

This chapter describes the makers of war or Greek warriors during the archaic period. During this period, Greek communities developed conceptions of citizenship expressing a range of communal duties, rights and privileges and they asserted their territorial integrity and boundaries against their neighbours through recourse to diplomacy, negotiation and war. The members of community armies were composed of citizens called hoplites who usually used bronze equipment. This chapter also discusses the role of citizens as phalanx-fighters and their employment as mercenaries.

Keywords:   Greek warriors, archaic period, citizenship, communal duties, territorial integrity, community armies, hoplites, phalanx-fighters, mercenaries

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