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The Classical Art of Command

Eight Greek Generals Who Shaped the History of Warfare

Joseph Roisman

12 October 2021

ISBN: 9780197607176

416 pages

In Stock

Price: £19.99



The Classical Art of Command gives readers a unique opportunity to examine the variegated nature of Greek generalship through the individual careers of eight prominent commanders.

  • First single, comparable book that encompasses detailed investigations of different generals of Classical Greece, showing their impact on Greek war
  • Investigates Greek generalship through the individual careers of commanders, highlighting the important role that personality and other factors played in the Greek art of command
  • Explores these Greek generals both individually and as measured against ancient and modern yardsticks of military leadership

About the Author(s)

Joseph Roisman, Professor of Classics, Colby College

Joseph Roisman is Professor of Classics at Colby College. He has authored numerous publications on Ancient Greece, including The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens and Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors.

Table of Contents

    List of Maps and Illustrations
    List of Abbreviations
    Introduction: Greek Generals and Warfare in the Classical Age
    Chapter 1. Leonidas of Sparta: the Lion at the Gates
    Chapter 2. Themistocles of Athens: the Clever Counselor
    Chapter 3. Pericles of Athens: the Magisterial Commander
    Chapter 4. Demosthenes of Athens: The Master of Surprise
    Chapter 5. Lysander of Sparta: The Lion and the Fox
    Chapter 6. Dionysius I of Syracuse: The Evolution of a General
    Chapter 7. Epaminondas and Pelopidas of Thebes
    Chapter 8. Conclusion
    The Art of Command: Planning, Management and Tactics
    The Art of Command: Personality
    A. The Main Ancient Sources
    B. Modern Literature