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The Macedonian war machine : neglected aspects of the armies of Philip, Alexander and the successors (359-281 BC)

Author: David Karunanithy
Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The army that emerged from the reforms of Philip II of Macedon proved to be without equal in the period covered and one of the most successful in the whole of the ancient period. Much has been written on aspects of Macedonian warfare, particularly the generalship of it's most famous proponent, Alexander the Great, yet many studies retread the same paths and draw conclusion on the same narrow evidential base, while  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Karunanithy
ISBN: 9781848846180 1848846185
OCLC Number: 815366431
Description: xvi, 358 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Origins and perspectives. The Macedonian army's place in history --
Transmission of military knowledge --
pt. II. Preparation. Training soldiers --
Supplying arms, armour and cloth --
Cavalry horses --
pt. III. Dress and panoplies. Cavalry --
Infantry --
Officers --
Swords --
pt. IV. The men. Veterans and their families --
Marching --
Camping --
pt. V. Ingenuity. technical expertise --
Little known combat units in Asia.
Responsibility: David Karunanithy.

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The army that emerged from the reforms of Philip II of Macedon proved to be without equal in the period covered and one of the most successful in the whole of the ancient period. Much has been written on aspects of Macedonian warfare, particularly the generalship of it's most famous proponent, Alexander the Great, yet many studies retread the same paths and draw conclusion on the same narrow evidential base, while leaving important aspects and sources of information untouched. David Karunanithy concentrates on filling the gaps in existing studies, presenting and studying evidence frequently overlooked or ignored. The book is divided into four sections, each presenting a wealth of detail on various aspects: Preparation (including chapters on training techniques, various aspects of arms and armour production and supply and the provision and management of cavalry mounts); Support (eg non-combatant specialists, bridge building, field engineering, construction of field camps and little-known combat units in Asia); Dress and Battle Equipment (drawing on much neglected evidence and including such details as officers' plumes, wreaths and finger rings); Alexander's Veterans and Life on Campaign (the Silver Shields; baggage trains and personal kit, servants and families, camp life and recreation.). In addition there are useful appendices summarising evidence for the appearance of troops. Karunanithy analyses this wealth of detail with real insight, for example suggesting that in some areas, such as the use of marching camps, the Macedonian influence on Roman armies has been underestimated. His meticulous research allows a much fuller portrait to be painted of this awesome war machine. This is an absolute must-have for anyone with an interest in the armies of Alexander and his Successors Reviews.

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