Warfare in ancient literature: the paradox of war

@inproceedings{Hornblower2007WarfareIA,
  title={Warfare in ancient literature: the paradox of war},
  author={Simon Hornblower},
  year={2007}
}
Wars and fighting are very prominent in the literature of classical antiquity. This chapter looks at literary sources about war and fighting and the problems of using them. It concentrates on three types of fighter: archers, women, slaves. The chapter deals with the interaction between military and non-military institutions: the relationship between the state and organized violence, and attitudes to that relationship as they are displayed in the literary sources, are topics of central… 

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