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The Mycanaeans c.1650-1100 BC
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP ELI130
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Author: Nicolas Grguric
Illustrator: Angus McBride

About this book
The timeless appeal of Homer's epic poem of the ancient TrojanWar, The Iliad, has meant an eduring interest in the Mycenaen age. Modern scholarship and new archaeological evidence now allows us to recontruct with reasonable confidence the appearance of this great warrior civilization, which dominated much of the eastern Mediterranean between the 16th and 12th centuries BC. We can also make deductions, from the few surviving pictorial sources, about the tactics of these armies. This absorbing text is illustrated with examples of the archaeological and pictorial evidence, and with striking colour reconstructions of light and heavy infantry and chariot warriors of the Mycenaean age.

  • Introduction
  • Emergence of Mycenae
  • Mycenaean dominance
  • The evidence: Homer, and the archaeological record
  • The Evolution of the Mycenaean Army
  • Identifiable Troop Categories
  • Heavy infantry: shields - spears - helmets - tactical implications - swords - changes from c.1300 BC
  • Skirmishers and light infantry: archers - light infantry swordsmen - tactical impliations - javelinmen - changes from c.1300 BC
  • Chariotry: the Aegean chariot - box chariots - dual chariots - quadrant chariots - rail chariots - armament and possible tactics - the chariot 'charge' - the Dendra armour - later chariotry
  • Cavalry
  • Military Organization - Battlefield organization - Command structure - Unit sizes - Issues of equipment
  • The Bibliography
  • The Plates
Paperback; September 2005; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781841768977

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