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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; UNKNOWN edition (15 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855328674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855328679
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,115 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Willoughby on 5 Mar 2005
Format: Paperback
Nick Secunda has an easy writing style that requires no effort to read; the book is entertaining for the casual reader and factual enough for the serious reader. The illustrations back up the text well, and the colour plates are up to the Hook dynastys' usual standard. The text refers continually to actual events and cites many contemporary sources and archaeological discoveries. Nick Secunda has written a high quality academic work, which justifies my belief that Osprey consistently publish quality works of unquestionably good value for money.
The three down sides to the book are that;
1) it is so brief! I feel that Secunda could easily have written another hundred pages without repeating himself and it would allow him to expand on many of the issues he simply did not have the space to fully explore. I sincerely hope Secunda produces a much larger volume based on this work. I know I would buy it!
2) The study only focuses on the traditional use of the hoplite phalanx. I would like to see a follow up work detailing the development of the phalanx from, say, the Peloponnesian War to Cynoscephalae and Rome's conquest of Greece. Could Secunda create another Osprey work on this topic?
3) Having written reviews for several other Osprey books, my standard gripe remains the same. Maps. As the maps Osprey use are generally very small, lack detail and often fail to highlight all the sites and battles mentioned in the text, I feel that they should omit them altogether. Alternatively, increase the cost of the books by a pound or two and add some detailed maps at the back. Better still Osprey, why not publish some historical atlases of your own? Surely there would be a large enough market amongst your readers? Many of the historical atlases on the market are substandard, while better ones are hugely expensive - isn't a compromise possible?
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient warfare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Paterson on 16 July 2005
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If you want a one book introduction to the hoplite and classical Greek warfare this is it. The warfare, battles and most importantly the equipment is clearly explained and well illustrated.
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Well, this is a good book on Greek Hoplites, full of useful information to add to my understanding of this style of warfare. The illustrations are immensely useful and it covers small detail which other books just miss out on. However, details on some of the equipment is a bit deficient, for instance there is no attempt to categorise the different helmet types properly. Also, the organisation on the battlefield is not rather rushed over and a much better take on that can be found in Greece and Rome and War by Peter Connolly. Still, as I say there is information I have not found elsewhere in here, including an excellent section on the non-military equipment each soldier carried and a magnificent breakdown of the parts of the sword and scabbard, and I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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The citizen soldier, his role in the classical Greek warfare 15 Feb 2004
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What I like about the books of Nick Sekunda is that he always try to make it easy for the common guy, the text is not too academic and not dry like other Osprey Writers, I like the way he put the source, when a author point out the sources he is given you a great help, I always like to start with a book which can guide to another great source of the same theme.
In this book we follow the life common Hoplite and experiences Training,Motivation and Preparation for the Hoplite Battle, the author provides full detail on what they wore, how they fought, and how their function fitted into the structure of Greek society.
We also can see the how his weapons, armour, shields and helmets developed in the course of time, the development of the arms and armour from the pilo helmet to the Phrygian Helmet with 10 fabulous pieces of artwork from Adam Hook with a lot of black and white photos.
The book belongs on every classicist's shelf or fan of the Armours, this is what I enjoy the most of this books the description of the equipment wore by the typical soldier that dominated the classical Greek warfare, you would learn a lot,the volume presents the hoplite during the classical era from the Battle of Salamis to the death of Alexander the Great as clearly as can be imagined.
To learn more about the Warfare in the Classical Period or the Arms and Armours of the Hoplite you should star with the book of "Arms and Armor of the Greeks" by Anthony, M. Snodgrass another great writer is Peter Connolly check "Greece and Rome at War" many illustration and also "Warfare in the Classical World" by John Gibson Warry, "The Wars of the Ancient Greeks" by Victor Davis Hanson(Cassell History of Warfare series)"Thermopylae:The Battle for the West" by Ernle Bradford is an accessible narrative, also give a inside the Greek world and the warfare but if you want more of the Spartan,Hoplite and the Hot Gates check "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield is a novel but with a lot of detail, from the author of the book there are many titles always from Osprey Marathon 490 BC(Campaign 108)is very useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Flawless 10 July 2006
By Napoleon Bonaparte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nicholas Sekunda has produced a masterpiece with "Greek Hoplite". He goes into excellent detail describing the training of hoplites, their weapons and equipment, their organization on campaign, and their battle tactics. He also makes excellent use of primary sources, quoting Xenophon, Plutarch, and even the Greek tragedian Aeschylus. The colour plates are also vividly drawn. I honestly cannot think of anything bad to say about this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars not nearly enough 2 April 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you could have only one book on Greek heavy infantry warfare, this would be it. It examines every facet of the warrior's life in war and peace, in combat and at ease, including gear, appearance, tactics, and personal experience in battle. Gave a very easy-to-read introduction to hoplite battle tactics, and the plates supplement the text well. The plate commentary is extremely detailed.
Very, very useful for those interested in the Ancient Greeks 16 Dec 2014
By M.E.Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As I read about Ancient Greece I find myself consulting this book a lot. It makes the battles much easier to understand, and also gives insight into what the normal lives of hoplites may have been like. Many illustrations and photographs. Only one caveat: I wish the authors hadn't thought it necessary to put discreet shields and bushes over the genitalia of the young men in the gymnasia or preparing for battle. But then I am a female, and perhaps male readers wouldn't find that so interesting. Also I imagine these books are prepared so that young people will use them (although the writing is not aimed at being entertaining). We wouldn't want young people to know that nude Greek men had genitalia.
A Holy Land connection 2 Nov 2012
By Ellis L. Kinzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book hoping to get historical information that helped connect biblical records to world history specifically the time of Alexander the great, the 300 Spartans. At the time I did not comperhend the title Hoplite!
So this really was not a help in what I was looking for
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