How to Survive Under Siege (BCP Classical Studies S. New edition)

How to Survive Under Siege (BCP Classical Studies S. New edition)

By: Aineias Tacitus (author), Aeneas Tacticus (author), David Whitehead (translator), David Whitehead (volume_editor)Paperback

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Aineias Tacticus (mid-fourth century BC) is not only the earliest but also one of the most historically interesting of ancient military writers. Important, too, as a social commentator, he sheds valuable light on the nature of life and the psychological and strategic preoccupations of a typical Greek city-state (polis) at a time dominated by two extraordinarily atypical ones, Athens and Sparta. In Aineias' work we see what conditions were like in a polis obliged to play a minor and much more passive role in the history of its age - not laying siege like the big players but suffering it. His practical recommendations derive clearly from accumulated personal experience in the first place; but at the same time he also draws copious illustrative material from both Herodotus and Thucydides. This edition has the Greekless reader firmly in mind, providing a fresh modern translation of "How to Survive Under Siege", a comprehensive introduction to Aineias and his work, and a full historical commentary.

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  • publication date: 25/04/2002
  • ISBN13: 9781853996276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781853996276
  • weight: 283
  • ISBN10: 1853996270
  • edition: New edition

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