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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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Battlefield engagements in the age of the hoplite

Battlefield engagements in the age of the hoplite

(p.81) Chapter 5 Battlefield engagements in the age of the hoplite
The Ancient Greeks at War

Louis Rawlings

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes battlefield engagements in ancient Greece during the age of the hoplites. Many battles appear to have been fought on relatively level plains that allowed the deployment of the opposing armies. The nature of hoplite combat is controversial because most explanations have been based partly on evaluations of the individual manoeuvrability of the hoplite and the density of the phalanx, as well as debate about the nature of the ōthismos. After the battle, the victors are sometimes too exhausted and had taken too many casualties to follow up an enemy withdrawal. This chapter suggests that military engagements fought by the Greeks were often limited only by the practicalities of organising and motivating large groups of men to realise their capacity for destruction.

Keywords:   battlefield engagements, ancient Greece, hoplites, phalanx, ōthismos, military engagements

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