10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2001
A superb well-illustrated and comprehensive history of the Ancient Greek states from the earliest times to the Hellenic period . The informative maps and illustrations of battle tactics are particularly interesting. A well constructed and valuable addition to any Ancient History collection.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2002
The title of this book is completely wrong. It should be How Warfare effected the Society of the Ancient Greeks. Although a few battles are described in a little detail the main content of the text details the effect the wars and warfare had on the political and social structures of the various greek city-states. If you want information on the individual battles and wars look elsewere.
My other gripes with this book are the illustrations. Although quiet good it would be more helpful if they were anywhere near the text that refers to them. Some illustrations are pages before they are mentioned and others are several pages later. The author also has a rant at the end of the book with regards to Alexander the Great. He spends pages putting his argument that Alexander should be compared to Hitler than actually telling us about his great campaign across Persia.
I was very disappointed with this book.