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- DescriptionProfessor Lee provides a social and cultural history of the Cyreans, the mercenaries of Xephon'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-ecomic 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 n-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 Xephon's Anabasis.
- Author BiographyJohn W. I. Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
- Author(s)John W.I. Lee
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication10/01/2008
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note7 b/w illus. 1 map 3 tables
- Weight660 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine22 mm
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