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on 22 February 2013
I was hoping to read about the art of ancient warfare, but the book contained very little concerning fighting. It was entirely devoted to the social aspects and the author's interpretation of perceptions of war in ancient times.
I think there would be general agreement that when talking about war, the terms tactics and strategy would respectively refer to the way in which individuals and small groups would fight and the major movement of armies to and on the battlefield. Sidebottom makes little mention of tactics and his chapter on strategy deals with the reasons for invading particular regions, i.e. the political motivations rather than the military reasons.
The book is valid in that it offers some interesting conjecture, but it should really be entitled something like, "The Social Implications and Political Motivations of Ancient Warfare".