Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period (Hardback)
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Short Description for Athenian Generals This investigation into Athenian military authority considers both the role played by generals in the deliberative and final stages of Athens' military expeditions and the relationship which obtained between strategoi and their subordinates, colleagues, and the Athenian demos itself.
- Published: 01 April 1998
- Format: Hardback 248 pages
- ISBN 13: 9789004109001 ISBN 10: 9004109005
- Sales rank: 1,791,914
Full description for Athenian Generals
This study of the Athenian "strategia" is concerned with identifying the locus of military authority in the Athenian "polis," Consideration of the role played by generals in the deliberative and final stages of military expeditions and of the relationship between "strategoi" and their subordinates, colleagues, and the Athenian "demos" itself suggests that Athens' generals did not exercise significant authority over their city's military operations. Rather, the "demos" controlled its generals both by means of its direct involvement in decision-making related to campaigns and by establishing in Athens a climate of fear which was very often sufficient to dissuade generals from acting in opposition to the Athenians' will. This volume is important reading for anyone who is interested in ancient military history or the question of sovereignty in Athens.