A Greek Army on the March: Soldiers and Survival in Xenophon's Anabasis (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Greek Army on the March Reconstructs the experience of ordinary soldiers on campaign in an ancient Greek mercenary army.
- Published: 28 January 2008
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521870689 ISBN 10: 0521870682
Full description for A Greek Army on the March
Professor Lee provides a social and cultural history of the Cyreans, the mercenaries of Xenophon's Anabasis. While they have often been portrayed as a single abstract political community, this book reveals that life in the army was mostly shaped by a set of smaller social communities: the formal unit organisation of the lochos ('company'), and the informal comradeship of the suskenia ('mess group'). It includes full treatment of the environmental conditions of the march, ethnic and socio-economic relations amongst the soldiers, equipment and transport, marching and camp behaviour, eating and drinking, sanitation and medical care, and many other topics. It also accords detailed attention to the non-combatants accompanying the soldiers. It uses ancient literary and archaeological evidence, ancient and modern comparative material, and perspectives from military sociology and modern war studies. This book is essential reading for anyone working on ancient Greek warfare or on Xenophon's Anabasis.