Robert Drews and the Role of Chariotry in Bronze Age Greece

  title={Robert Drews and the Role of Chariotry in Bronze Age Greece},
  author={Mary Aiken Littauer and J. H. Crouwel},
  journal={Selected Writings on Chariots and other Early Vehicles, Riding and Harness},
  • M. LittauerJ. H. Crouwel
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • History
  • Selected Writings on Chariots and other Early Vehicles, Riding and Harness
Summary. Chariots figure prominently in two recent books by Robert Drews. He considers these fast, horse-drawn vehicles as having revolutionized warfare in Greece and the Near East in the second millennium B.C., with serious political and social implications. The present article, to a considerable extent based on earlier works by the authors, shows that several of Drews’ assertions are untenable and that chariots played a much less significant role than he would have us believe. 
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