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Legion versus phalanx : the epic struggle for infantry supremacy in the ancient world

Author: Myke Cole
Publisher: New York : Osprey Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. Until, that is, the Roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle" -- Front jacket flap.
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Genre/Form: Military history
History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Myke Cole
ISBN: 9781472828422 1472828429
OCLC Number: 1060596088
Description: 288 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Chronology --
Maps --
Part I: And in this corner...examining the legion and the phalanx --
Who would win in a fight? The eagle and the lion --
Not your father's phalanx: the legacy of Iphicrates --
Mules that kill: under the eagle of Rome --
Part II: Fight! the legion versus the phalanx in six battles --
Heraclea, 280 BC: Rome's first test --
Asculum, 279 BC: "One more such victory, and we are undone." --
Beneventum, 275 BC: Pyrrhus' last gasp --
Cynoscephalae, 197 BC: The legion triumphant --
Magnesia, 190 BC: No refuge for Hannibal --
Pydna, 168 BC: The fall of the Antigonids --
Legions and phalanxes.
Responsibility: Myke Cole.

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"From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. Until, that is, the Roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle" -- Front jacket flap.

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On the face of it, this could be a turgidly dry chin-stroking look into ancient warfare tactics but, thanks the brio of author Myke Cole, it's anything but. [...] The author points out elements that Read more...

 
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