This book will appeal to all those interested in Greek history and legend, but it should also appeal to a much wider audience because it has strong relevance to modern insurgencies and, in particular, the situation in Afghanistan today
NAME: Ambush, Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Rose Mary Sheldon
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Ancient Greece, hoplite phalanx, guerrilla warfare, night attacks, seaborne landings, trickery, stealth, wooden horse, Troy, City States, insurgency
DESCRIPTION: The history of Ancient Greece has always fascinated later generations. It was the first civilization to attempt to operate democratically, although with a form of democracy that was different in many key respects from that developed in Britain from the Seventeenth Century and exported around the world.
Ancient Greek was a language embraced with Latin by academia and the development and conduct of Ancient Greek soldiers and commanders was much studied. This led to a general view that Greek armies largely fought set piece battles where the Phalanx was a critical battle formation that concentrated force into self-protecting but aggressive groups of soldiers who fought closely and depended on a very strict discipline.
This book examines the other side of Greek military tactics that have been best known for the use of deception and guile described in the Greek legends. The author shows that the use of irregular warfare, ambush and deception were central to Greek tactics from the age of Homer to the wars of Alexander the Great’s successors.
The author, an expert in intelligence history, has not only produced a lively and absorbing account of the use of stealth and deception, but also reviewed the traditional view of Ancient Greek warfare and the way in which historians have developed the stereotype.
This book will appeal to all those interested in Greek history and legend, but it should also appeal to a much wider audience because it has strong relevance to modern insurgencies and, in particular, the situation in Afghanistan today.