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Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World

Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World

Scritto da Myke Cole

Narrato da Alexander Cendese


Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World

Scritto da Myke Cole

Narrato da Alexander Cendese

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8 ore
Pubblicato:
Dec 4, 2018
ISBN:
9781721333462
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From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder, and with overlapping shields, they presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. It was the phalanx that allowed Greece to become the dominant power in the Western world. That is, until the Romans developed the legion and cracked the phalanx.

In Legion versus Phalanx Cole weighs the two fighting forces against each other. Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280—168 BC), he looks at each formation in detail — delving into their tactics, arms, and equipment, organization and the deployment. It then examines six key battles in which legion battled phalanx: Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC) — battles that determined the fate of the ancient world. Drawing on original primary sources, Myke Cole presents a highly detailed but lively history of this defining clash of military formations.

Pubblicato:
Dec 4, 2018
ISBN:
9781721333462
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Informazioni sull'autore

Myke Cole has had a colourful and varied career, with service in war and crisis response. He began as a security contractor to the CIA, and transitioned into a federal intelligence position first with DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and then with the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence). He commanded the reserve at US Coast Guard Station New York, where he was responsible for maritime law enforcement and search-and-rescue operations around the island of Manhattan. He went on to work for the NYPD in cyber threat intelligence, and currently works as a security and intelligence consultant in the private sector. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has published extensively in military history and security, including pieces in the journals of the American Association of Museums and the American Historical Association, and is also a popular fantasy and science fiction novelist with several major imprints, including Ace/Roc, Tor and Angry Robot. Myke also appeared on CBS' hit TV show Hunted, where he joined a team of elite investigators pursuing fugitives across the southeastern United States.

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  • (5/5)
    Title: Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient WorldAuthor: Myke ColePages: 288Year: 2018Publisher: OspreyRating: 5 out of 5 stars.Legion versus Phalanx is a good, entertaining, and insightful book about the Roman Legion and the Greek Phalanx and how these two opposing forces faced off thousands of years ago. I loved the book! I’ve always enjoyed reading military history and I liked the author’s writing style. He makes the information easy to read and follow as well as entertaining and realistic. Too often you see films on ancient warfare that while they are as close to source material as possible, filmmakers put certain things in that are just there for eye candy. For instance, you see characters wielding swords and who fight with a style that has the main idea but is not always realistic or practical I should say. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy these films myself, but I like as much accuracy as to sources and practicality in fighting styles as possible. Myke Cole uses both ancient and modern sources. He talks about how he has walked the battlefields that were examined in the book to help get his points across as to how the battles played out. He writes in a way that isn’t confusing at all and he makes fine distinctions between subjects that people may have misconceptions of or just simply don’t understand.The first three chapters of the book analyze the legion and the phalanx and how their respected cultures influenced the way that both militaries fought. The first chapter focused on telling readers to be objective about the source material, as well as gave an historical background story and a description of ancient unit formation and deployment. Chapters two and three analyzed the legion and the phalanx themselves and how the soldiers were recruited, organized, how they were deployed on the battlefield and what made these deployments effective. Support units are mentioned but are not the primary focus of the book. The next six chapters discuss six historical battles where the legion and the phalanx faced off. Each battle can be broken into three sections: 1) The historical background leading up to the battle, 2) the battle itself, and 3) the aftermath. The book ends discussing the legacy that each unit left on the world that is still relevant today.So overall, Legion versus Phalanx brings some good insight on these two iconic armies, and on their effectiveness and value during that time period. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy military history and want to learn more about ancient warfare. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
  • (4/5)
    I'm convinced the reader was mispronouncing hoplite. We aren’t Greeks and it’s pretentious to mimic a Greek pronunciation for an English audience. Confusing, too. This is another book that is probably better in PDF or paper because of maps. We also don’t get the PDF file that came with the analog version so that might have helped, too. In his effort to be accessible to the general reader, Cole sometimes comes off as trivial. Still, it was interesting and an excellent introduction for the general reader.
  • (5/5)
    Myke Cole's nonfiction reflects his deft storytelling; Legion versus Phalanx contains enough well-researched detail to appeal to scholars of history but is explained in an unpretentious manner easily parsed by newcomers to the study of this era of history. I enjoyed looking at ancient war through the lens of its infantry and hope to see more nonfiction from Cole in the future.