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Men of BronzeHoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece$
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Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143019

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143019.001.0001

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Hoplitai/Politai: Refighting Ancient Battles

Hoplitai/Politai: Refighting Ancient Battles

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(p.74) Chapter 3 Hoplitai/Politai: Refighting Ancient Battles
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Men of Bronze
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Paul Cartledge

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143019.003.0003

This chapter notes and welcomes the shift in the study of ancient Greek warfare over the past thirty years from the “narrowly technical” toward sociopolitical issues and approaches. It also examines several key issues. It considers what the causally related variables or factors that link the evolution of the hoplite phenomenon to the rise of the polis and asks whether the notorious source(s) problems prevent us from understanding them. It then looks at what tipped mass fighting over into phalanx fighting. Moreover, the chapter investigates the possibility of a hoplite “ideology” and looks at how Aristotle posited a connection between warfare and political development in Greece. In light of the nature of the sources, this chapter emphasizes the strength of a theoretical approach to the inextricable link between warfare and politics in the Greek state.

Keywords:   sociopolitical issues, hoplite fighting, hoplite ideology, Aristotle, hoplite warfare, political development, ancient Greek warfare

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