Reconstructing ancient warfare

  title={Reconstructing ancient warfare},
  author={Michael J. Whitby and Philip Sabin and Hans van Wees},
Close examination of ancient historical narratives, whose authors' methods and attitudes need to be evaluated, is essential for all reconstructions of ancient warfare. This chapter discusses the problems of this material. The fullest and most regular information about ancient warfare is provided by the sequence of Greek and Latin historians whose accounts of significant public events were usually dominated by military action, but these are complex texts. The dominance of literary convention… 

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