The Art of Classical Warfare:  The Graeco-Roman Mind at War by John Drogo Montagu

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Author
John Drogo Montagu
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Greenhill Books
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256
ISBN
9781853676857
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Hardcover
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GreekĀ & Roman Warfare: Battles, Tactics and Trickery is a uniquely detailed work which explores the tactics and battle strategies of the Graeco-Roman period.

This incisive study goes beyond the arms and armor of classical warfare to reveal the numerous factors, be they geographical, psychological or circumstantial, that informed the course of ancient battles. The technology of an army is of course an integral factor in its success, but conflicts are ultimately won by tactics and strategy. From the cunning ambush, to oxen with torches masquerading as an escaping army at night, Drogo Montagu explores the intricacies of waging war in antiquity.

Using his extensive knowledge of ancient history, he has created a gripping account of classical military thought. He draws on the great historians of the time-- Livy, Plutarch, Xenophon and Josephus among them--to illustrate the different elements that an army required to defeat its enemy on the battlefield, be it by force or guile. In addition, he offers details on how a commander would maintain the morale and fitness of his troops, as well as conduct their training. GreekĀ & Roman Warfare provides an incredibly thorough view of the tactics and strategy of battle in ancient times from all perspectives, making it one of the most complete studies of classical warfare to date.


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