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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (22 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085045686X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850456868
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his Ph.D. in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland.

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The subject of this book is Greek warfare in the Classical Period, which stretches from the Greek victories over the Persian Empire at the beginning of the 5th century BC to the death of Alexander the Great at the end of the 4th century. Read the first page
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By peter airley on 31 Oct. 2014
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Excellent reading and diagrams first class
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 2 July 2008
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This is would make a great addition to the library of anyone who collects Osprey titles, or just about anyone who's intrested in Ancient Greece.
Nick Sekunda provides the text, which is vivid and highly readable.
He presents a short look at the Hoplite Warfare of Classical Greece, but the main emphasis is on military costume of these elite soldiers.

The layout of this book is rather different than your typical Osprey fare. Instead of giving you an overview of the organisation and techniques of warfare as this series usually does; this book instead acts as a detailed description of the arms, armour, equipment and dress of the Hoplite warrior, as they evolved over the main periods of Greek history, from about 500 to 300 BC. The author explains these details by constantly referring to the colour plates, which are provided by Angus McBride.

The 12 colour plates are the obvious draw of the book, and they are among the best ever made by McBride; once the veteran artist of the Osprey series before his death in 2007. The book is worth the price just for these illustrations alone.

A highly recommended title for reenactors, history buffs and interested amateurs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great study of the famous warriors of the Classical Period 3 April 2002
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on
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As always Osprey may a nice contribution to anyone intEresting in the Ancient Warfare of the Greeks, this books is not a deep look or study of the famous Hoplites or armies of ancient times but it could be use as a nice introduction to a really hard subject.
This was the first book I bought from Nick Sekunda and I was not disappointed, after reading this title I decide to buy other from the same author and follow the recommendations he made of other works that would really help you. The Author use the Plates of the one of the best historical illustrators Angus McBride to traces the development of Greek warfare throughout the classical period and offers a detailed account of Greek military dress during this famous period.
This book provides a unique and practical perspective on dificult theme in military history with wonderfully descriptive illustrations, to tell you the true I see this title as an invaluable resource for historians, if you are into Military History you should add this book to your shelves.
Look for other titles of Nick Sekunda of the Greece Armies and the Classical period but to understand more of this subject the books of Peter Connolly on "GREECE AND ROME AT WAR" and John Gibson Warry "Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons,Warriors and Warfare in the Ancient Civilisations of Greece and Rome" but for me the best study since it appear for the first time on 1967 but is still the principal comprehensive work on this subject is "Arms and Armor of the Greeks" by Anthony M. Snodgrass, without forgeting the recent work "The Wars of the Ancient Greeks" by Victor Davis Hanson.
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Greeks 11 April 2007
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Most of the text of this book is actually the plate commentary. Both the text and the plates themselves naturally focus mostly on hopltes, but several forms of light infantry, as well as cavalry, civilians, and Thracian barbarians are all depicted as well. The McBride plates, of which there are 12, are awesome as usual.
Useful as a very basic survey 17 May 2012
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
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The coverage here is warfare in classical Greece from the Persian wars at the beginning of the 5th Century to the death of Alexander the Great, a period of roughly two centuries. The Greek situation changed dramatically during that time, both socially and politically, but the military arts really didn't. Mostly, the state came to play a more central role, which lead to increased uniformity in dress and equipment, at least by region. Nearly everything we know about the armies of this period comes from the works of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and a few others, augmented by sculptures and illustrations on ceramics, and a very few archaeological finds. The hoplites of the earlier period were heavy infantrymen armed with spears and round shields, and the Spartans were the masters of the method. They didn't wear armor at first (or even much clothing), but helmets, leather jerkins, and bronze greaves gradually were introduced. In most engagements, there were no missile weapons worth mentioning (other than javelins), and the cavalry (without stirrups) never played more than a limited role, so war was very much a hand-to-hand affair on foot. The text provides a useful survey of military and political events over the time span covered. The color plates this time are taken from surviving illustrations or are entirely a work of the artist's imagination, but they give one the flavor of the period.
Nice, compact, introduction to this subject 4 Feb. 2004
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I used this book as a reference for painting plastic Greek figures. The color plates are beautiful and confirmed the accuracy of the figures. Overall, this is a nice introduction to the subject.
A must of collectors! 7 Nov. 2001
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I bought it thinking that it was alright but instead a lot of information that I needed. Its a great buy for the price.
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