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By Antonio Santosuosso

In this accomplished review of historical struggle, Antonio Santosuosso explores how the tactical and strategic options of conflict replaced among the start of the 5th century b.c. and the center of the second one century b.c. and why the West—Greece, Macedonia, and Rome—triumphed over the East—understood geographically as Persia or ideologically as Carthage. He additionally exhibits how the function of warrior relating to the position of citizen and the way the symbols and propaganda stemming from conflict emphasised and promoted the values of Western societies.When contemplating the evolving function of the citizen as warrior, Santosuosso unearths that those roles have been indistinguishable from one another within the past levels of classical Greece. The Peloponnesian warfare, even if, challenged the program through introducing new military varieties, akin to mercenaries, peltasts, and lightweight infantry. quickly after, Macedonia brought the cavalry, thrusting it, in addition to heavy infantry, right into a position of prominence and diminishing the complementary roles of citizen and warrior normal of past instances. Later, the appearance of the Roman legion persevered this evolution, changing back where of the citizen in historic society.Rich in research, Soldiers, electorate, and the Symbols of War is a necessary and available resource for college kids of historic battle and classical society and offers thorough insurance of the most important battles of antiquity—Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea, Sphacteria, Leuctra, Granicus, Issus, Gaugamela, Synoscephalae, Pydna, Trebia, Cannae, Ilipa, and Zama.

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Soldiers, Citizens, And The Symbols Of War: From Classical Greece To Republican Rome, 500-167 B.c. (History and Warfare.)

During this entire evaluate of old battle, Antonio Santosuosso explores how the tactical and strategic suggestions of struggle replaced among the start of the 5th century b. c. and the center of the second one century b. c. and why the West—Greece, Macedonia, and Rome—triumphed over the East—understood geographically as Persia or ideologically as Carthage.

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But Mllti'ades w,~scorrect that ' ~ t t ~ ~w,~s c k inev~table,not only for the strategxc reasons dictated by internal polltics but also because, even ~f they had wanted to, their withdrawal toward Athens ruay have been tact~callyimyosslblc. Once they left the s,~fetyof t h e ~ rugged r terrain to return to Athens, they would have become grey to the more moblie Pers~ans. The Persians too could not wait forever. Their supply I~ne,even after the co~lquestof the nearby ~ s l ~ nofd Euboe'~, must 11'1\e been tenuous for an army o f that srze.

They were stalled by three events: Tlie rich s'ltr'lpy of Egypt rose In rebell~on,Judah followed slut, and the Great Mrng dred. Hts sort and lierr, Xerxes, reestabl~shedPersran rule in Egypt and Judalt, but serrous preparations for invading Greece did not begirl agarn until 484. By 481, Xerxes was ready to act. He sent her'11ds to Greece to ask the usual terrns of subtn~ssron-earth and water-and to prepare supply depots of food 3 r d water tor his arrny. The new Great K I I I wallred ~ to c ~ c c o ~ ~ ~what p l ~his s h f'lther h ~ f'1d11ed to do--to destroy Sparta and Athens.

At other tirnes, the observance of religious custorns presented serious ohstacles to entry ~ n t oa war. For Instance, when the A t h e n ~ a ~ had l s confronted Xerxes' father, Darius, earlier in tlie Perstan Wars, Athens had aslzed the Spartans for help. Although wllling to help, the Spartans could not co~nplyirnrned~atelyw ~ t hthe request, for they were In the m d s t of 1' fest~valdedicated to Apollo: "It was the ninth day of the first part of the ruonth, and they would rnake no expedition (they said) on the ninth day, when the moon was not full.

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