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.
We also devoted
an early episode of the podcast to the ancient Greek hoplite.
“Hoplites” of the seventh century BC were “men of bronze”. A few centuries later, they had shed most of their armour, as a marble
lekythos in Leiden shows.
Greek shields from at least the later eighth century BC onwards were often decorated with abstract or figurative blazons.
Nearly five years ago, my first book was published. Here’s a look back at the commercial edition of my PhD thesis, some errata to the text, and comments on the lessons learned.
It is often assumed that the ancient Greeks practised one type of warfare. This is problematic, as can be illustrated by a quick look at the early history of Tarentum, Southern Italy.
Recovered from the painted Etruscan tombs at Porano, near Orvieto, is a bronze panoply of the third quarter of the fourth century BC.
A closer look at a stele from the fourth century BC, currently in Munich, that marked the grave of Demetrius, who probably died in battle.
One of the most interesting battles mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus is perhaps the “Battle of the Champions”, fought between the Spartans and the Argives.
The best known type of Greek helmet is known as “Corinthian”. Is this because there is incontrovertible evidence that ancient Corinth was the place where this type of helmet was first invented?
This article offers a brief look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades typical of the Archaic and Classical periods.
A closer look at a handsome bronze figurine of a horseman from Southern Italy, currently on display at the British Museum.