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Greek and Roman Military Manuals


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Introduction: The Ancient Military Treatise, Genre, and History 1. Military Manuals from Aeneas Tacticus to Maurice 2. The Limited Source Value of Works of Military Literature 3. The Blind Leading the Blind? Civilian Writers and Audiences of Military Manuals in the Roman World 4. Homeric Taktika 5. Aeneas Tacticus, Philon of Byzantium, Onasander and the Good Siege: A Case-Study of Demetrius at Rhodes 6. Mercenaries and Moral Concerns 7. Xenophon’s On Horsemanship: the Equestrian Military Manual 8. Refighting Cunaxa: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus as a Manual on Military Leadership 9. The Lost Tactica of Lucius Papirius Paetus 10. Defeat as Stratagem: Frontinus on Cannae 11. Vegetius’ Regulae bellorum generales 12. Vegetius’ Naval Appendix and the Battle of the Hellespont (324 CE) 13. Justinian's Warfare as Role Model for Byzantine Warfare? The Evidence of the Military Manuals 14. "God has sent the thunder": Ideological Distinctives of Middle Byzantine Military Manuals Epilogue: Is War an Art? The Past, Present, and Future of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Military Literature

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James T. Chlup is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Conor Whatley is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada.


"This overview of the volume shows the enormous range of the object from Homer to the Byzantine, even into the early modern period, and demonstrates how a more intensive study of the discussed works can highlight their - admittedly rather indirect - value as a historical source." - Kai Brodersen, sehepunkte"Non-specialist readers should profit from both an interrogative framework and selected case studies. Specialists too may find contributions of specific interest... a notably well-edited collection, insofar as frequent cross-referencing within and between chapters tightens thematic threads and enhances overall coherence." - Philip Rance, The Byzantine Revew

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