Book Description

Inscribed by the author on the front end-paper: "To Irmgard Kapuer with all good wishes from Peter Greenhalgh, May, 1973"; "a study of the literary and archaeological (especially artistic) evidence for developments in the warfare of early Greece. Dr Greenhalgh considers in particular the military history of the chariot and mounted horse, both as they were represented in poetry and art and as they were used in reality from about 1I00 to 500 B.C. He finds the picture superficially presented by the sources incoherent and often incredible, and attempts a reconstruction which does justice both to tactical and technical possibilities and to the social and economic facts of life in the period. He shows how the Homeric poems, for example, can be systematically misleading in part misconceiving the character of the Mycenaean age, and in part conflating with this misconception the conditions of their own time. The collection and detailed analysis of evidence in this illustrated study will itself be of great value to archaeologists, historians of warfare and Homeric specialists. But Dr Greenhalgh does not consider the military developments in isolation. His conclusions have a wider importance for social and political historians, and his work will provide a clearer understanding of the processes which shaped the classical period of fifth-century Greece.";
Dealer Notes
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; gilt titles spine; illustrated by b/w. photo's. & drawings (mainly of pottery decoration); includes index; the price-intact D/J. has some edge-wear with a few closed tears & fading to spine.
Author Greenhalgh, P. A.
Date 1973
Binding Hardcover (Original Blue Cloth)
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Condition Near Fine in Very Good Dust Jacket
Pages 212

Price: £35.00

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