Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period (Hardback)
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Short Description for Athenian Generals This discussion of the roles of the generals in military operations and their relations with subordinates and the Athenian "demos" suggests that direct intervention of the demos both limited its generals' freedom of operation and dissuaded them from taking independent action.
- Published: 01 April 1998
- Format: Hardback 248 pages
- ISBN 13: 9789004109001 ISBN 10: 9004109005
- Sales rank: 1,726,710
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.