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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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War, the individual and the community

War, the individual and the community

(p.203) Chapter 10 War, the individual and the community
The Ancient Greeks at War

Louis Rawlings

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyzes the impact of war on the individual and the community in ancient Greece. It suggests that for those who survived the personal brutality and trauma of combat, the social pressure could be intense but for those who succumbed to defeat, there was the real possibility of humiliation, enslavement or death. It suggests that war created and confirmed gender roles. It explains that though women may not usually have risked their lives on the battlefield, the consequences of the defeat of their men could fall upon them nonetheless.

Keywords:   war, individual, community, ancient Greece, combat, social pressure, gender roles, women, humiliation, enslavement

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