The Mycenaeans c.1650–1100 BC

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The Mycenaeans c.1650–1100 BC

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Osprey's study of Mycenaean warriors, from 1650 to 1100 BC. The timeless appeal of Homer's epic poem of the ancient Trojan War, The Iliad, has meant an eduring interest in the Mycenaean 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.

Table of Contents

· 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

Product details

Published Sep 10 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841768977
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 45 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 130
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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