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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 patterns of war

The patterns of war

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(p.63) Chapter 4 The patterns 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/9780719056574.003.0005

This chapter describes the patterns of war in ancient Greece. Most ancient military campaigns were of relatively short duration because of the undeveloped nature of ancient supply procurement and the limitations of ancient transportation. Opposing parties often engaged in pitched battle where attackers went to the plains because it provided the most abundant sources of forage, while defenders often marched out to save their farms and livelihoods from devastation. This chapter also considers the claim that the farmers of the phalanx ensured that ideological constraints were placed on hoplite warfare.

Keywords:   patterns of war, ancient Greece, military campaigns, supply procurement, ancient transportation, farmers, phalanx, hoplite warfare

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