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Greek Warfare beyond the Polis: Defense, Strategy, and the Making of Ancient Federal States

David A. Blome


This book assesses the nature and broader significance of warfare in the mountains of classical Greece. Based on detailed reconstructions of four unconventional military encounters, the book argues that the upland Greeks of the classical mainland developed defensive strategies to guard against external aggression. These strategies enabled wide-scale, sophisticated actions in response to invasions, but they did not require the direction of a central, federal government. The book brings these strategies to the forefront by driving ancient Greek military history and ancient Greek scholarship “bey ... More

Keywords: classical Greece, external aggression, defensive strategies, ancient Greek world, upland Greeks, polis, warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747526
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Blome, author