War in the Hellenistic World

A Social and Cultural History

Angelos Chaniotis

War in the Hellenistic World - Angelos Chaniotis
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Aantal pagina's308
Afmetingen230 x 150 x 26 mm
UitgeverijBlackwell Publishing


In the 300 years between the conquest of Alexander the Great and the battle at Actium, continual warfare had a dramatic effect on Hellenistic society and culture. Exploiting the abundant primary sources available, this book examines the many different ways in which war shaped the Hellenistic world.

The volume shows how war was intimately connected with economic, social, and political life, looking at the connections between war and religion, the ideology of Hellenistic monarchy, the rule of elites, and technological change. At the same time, the book continually draws attention to the experience of war, both from the battlefield perspective of professional soldiers, and from that of its victims — non-combatants, women, and children.

Angelos Chaniotis is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Heidelberg. He is the author of Historic, and Historiker in den griechischen lnschriften (1988), Die Vertrage zwischen kretischen Stadten in der hellenistischen Zeit (1996) as well as numerous articles on Hellenistic and Roman history and Greek epigraphy. Together with P. Ducrey he edited Army and Power in the Ancient World (2002).

Cover illustration Detail of dying giant from the Gigantomachy, Altar of Zeus, Pergamon, ca. 180 BC Berlin, Pergamon-Museum, photo AKG-Images/Erich Lessing

Cover design by Terry Griffiths Printed in the United Kingdom

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ISBN 0-631-22608-7 11

IIINIII 9 780631 226086

Wat zegt de pers?

War in the Hellenistic World will remain an indispensable book for any person wanting to study war in this period and, more generally, the Hellenistic culture and way of life.’ - Pierre Ducrey, University of Lausanne