Wars and Battles of Ancient Greece

Author(s): Paul Chrystal 

ISBN: 9781781556818
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This is the thrilling story and detailed survey of Greece’s endless battling and warring in the Mediterranean region.
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  • From Thermopylae to Marathon, discover the most important battles of the ancient Greek wars, which helped set the course of European history for centuries 
  • Examines the events leading up to each conflict and the social and political fallout 
  • Appraises military geniuses such as Sparta and Athens
  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished paintings, imagery and contemporary photographs

    One of the most popular areas of ancient history is war in the Greek world. The number of books, articles, webpages and blogs on every conceivable aspect of war in ancient Greece is endless and continues to grow. So why add to the pile?

    Wars and Battles of Ancient Greece is not just another arid account of conflict with endless, often exaggerated, casualty figures and repetitive tactics. It is different from other books in the field because it has context as its focus: each of the battles covered is, where sources permit, placed in its historical, political and social context: why was the battle fought, how was it fought, what was the outcome and what happened next?

    No war or battle has ever been fought in isolation – there is always a prelude, a ‘casus belli’ – an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war – and a series of consequences. These are revealed wherever possible for each of the wars and battles in this gripping book. In order to reinforce our focus on context, Wars and Battles of Ancient Greece includes chapters covering warfare in civilisations and cultures before Greece, the Greek war machine and Greek women and conflict.

    It is a detailed survey of conflict in ancient Greece from the Mycenaean Age to the end of the Peloponnesian War, based on primary sources – mainly Herodotus, Thucydides and other historians, but also poets, dramatists and inscriptional evidence.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781556818
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 208 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 15 July 2018
    ILLUSTRATIONS 32 colour illustrations



    Paul Chrystal is an author of more than twenty-five books and a broadcaster. Ten of his books are on York including A History of Chocolate in York(2012) and The Rowntree Family of York (2013). He writes articles for national newspapers and regularly appears on the BBC World Service and BBC Local Radio. He is married with three children and lives near York.