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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; Reprint edition (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848326092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848326095
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Greece & Rome at War will be a rewarding read for the serious student of warfare. --The Wish Stream: The Sandhurst Journal of the War Studies

If you missed this one first time round, grab it now, while it is in print and available once more... If you haven't seen Connolly's work before, you're in for a treat --Military Modelling --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Connolly is renowned for his ancient world scholarship as well as being a highly respected artist. He is the author The Greek Armies, The Roman Army, The Roman Cavalryman and The Ancient City. Adrian Goldsworthy's works include The Complete Roman Army, and Caesar: The Life of a Colossus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book summarizes almost a millenium of warfare, not only in words but also with a large number of the authors own excellent paintings. The development of all instruments of war ranging from arrows to battleships, military organisation, tactics of battle, fortifications and siege techniques (not only of the two empires themselves but also of their adversaries) is covered. The battles covered by the book are illustrated with photographs of topographic models of the battlefield as well as photographs from the actual site as it looks today. This book sets standards for what books on history should be like. Strongly recommended.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Richard Noon on 4 Jun 2000
Format: Hardcover
Peter Connolly has managed to do a fairly difficult job in a very conscise way. No doubt the extensive use of the author's own paintings contribute significantly to the overall feel of the book. Connolly has also managed to put Greek and Roman warfare firmly in the context of the actual social history of these two great peoples so not only does the reader get to know how the Roman's waged war but also gets a 'potted history' of Rome into the bargain along with excellent original artwork - what more could you want?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 17 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I remember reading Peter Connolly's 'The Roman Army' as a child and being very impressed with it. It was one of the catalysts that sparked my interest in the Classical World, and I eventually got round to buying this book. I've read dozens of titles on Greek and Roman Warfare, but this still stands as one of the best books ever written on the subject.

Peter Connolly covers the development of ancient warfare from the Persian wars of the 5th Century BC to the Collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD.
The book provides a broad historical overview of the entire period with an indepth look at ancient arms, armour and battle tactics.

This title is divided into three sections: Greece and Macedonia, Italy and the Western Mediterranean, and The Roman Empire. Every section covers a certain campaign, for instance we have overviews of the Persian Wars, Alexander's conquests and a very detailed account of the Second Punic War. Every section comes with colour photographs of the modern battlefields, tactical diagrams and strategic maps.

Along side the overviews, Connolly also writes about the equipment, weapons, armour, tactics and logistics of these ancient armies. Most pages also come with Connolly's paintings of archaeological finds. The book's brilliance is to show how Connolly can create his detailed reconstructions of a soldier's appearance through study of pottery art, coins, statues, mosaics; and archaeological items such as swords, helmets and cuirasses etc.

The book is filled with Connolly's reconstructive illustrations. These help give you a good idea about the appearance of soldier such as a Spartan Hoplite, a Roman Centurion or a Thracian Peltast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2013
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I have enjoyed Peter Connolly work, since my childhood. Mr Connolly sadly passed away in May 2012, he was a well-known British scholar of the ancient world, Greek and Roman military equipment historian, and he was also an archaeologist and illustrator. This book is both sumptuous, in its beautiful illustrations, detailed in its narration and well researched to boot, while times have moved on and we know `more' about these subjects, his books and this one on `Greece and Rome at War' gives a fantastic introduction to the subject. I believe his pictorials are good enough for modellers as well as those interested in the ancient military history. Well worth a full five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 28 Mar 2014
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
This book covers a vast period of time - from the rise of the Greek city states between 800 and 360 BC to the late Roman Empire of 200-450 AD, a span of some 1,250 years.

Connolly uses a very wide range of sources. Ancient documentary sources, archaeology and artwork play a major part in the work, but these are supplemented by extensive visits to the ancient battlefields and by the author's own reconstructions of ancient military equipment using surviving fragments as the basis for his work.

For most of the book the main focus is on equipment and organisation, with comparatively brief accounts of the fighting, but for a few key battles Connolly has produced detailed analysis of the campaigns, the sources and the battlefields, based on his extensive visits to the battlefields, reconstructions of the ancient terrain and a detailed knowledge of the ancient sources. This is particularly true of Hannibal's campaigns in Italy, where both Hannibal's route to Italy and the key battles are reconstructed in very convincing detail.

The evolution of military equipment is illustrated with some useful illustrations, especially for the various types of helmets. Again the author's experience of building reconstructions of the various types of arms and armour is invaluable.

This is a splendid study of the ancient Greek and Roman war machines, looking at how they were organised, how they fought and how they were armed and equipped in a readable but still detailed manner. Connolly's work is a classic of military history and should be in the library of anyone interested in ancient warfare. Highly recommended.
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