Many of the regular contributors to Ancient World Magazine have written extensively on ancient Greek warfare, and about “hoplites” and “phalanxes” – and combinations thereof – in particular. Below is an overview of articles that are related to these specific topics.
A jug made in Corinth but unearthed in an Etruscan tomb features an image that has been widely interpreted as representing hoplites fighting in phalanx formation. But a closer examination of this artefact casts serious doubts on this view.
Were the Spartans really so great in war? What are the roots of their image as invincible super-soldiers? A deep dive into their history and institutions shows that there is some truth, but also a great deal of distortion.