Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare

    Rose Mary Sheldon

    Frontline 2012

    Hardback 320pp

    9781848325920   Product Code: 20433

    In the traditional view, ancient Greek warfare was dominated by the use of the hoplite phalanx in open, pitched battle - a 'Western' style of fighting which contrasted with a culturally-distinct 'Eastern' preference for ambush, deceit and guerrilla-style tactics. But, as Col. Sheldon demonstrates, the Greeks themselves deployed a wide range of such 'irregular' stratagems, from intelligence-gathering by spies to surprise naval landings at night, using whatever means were necessary to achieve victory.

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