Reading List: Greeks

Arms and Armour of the Greeks by A. M. Snodgrass, as the name implies this text focuses on the weapons of the Greeks.  I was surprised to learn that the most famous part of the hoplite kit – the bronze plate corslet, originated in central Europe then spread via trade to Greece in the 8th century and Italy in the 7th century.  The plate corslet with grieves remained in use in Italy into the 4th century – long past its use in Greece.  By the time of the Persian wars, the Greek Hoplite was wearing a linen corslet.  Which may explain the increased mobility demonstrated by the hoplites against the Persians in several battles.  The final chapter of the book discusses the troops in Phillip/Alexander’s Macedonian army.  I would recommend this section to anyone playing in this period – not only are the pike men well described with a 2 foot rounded shield and no armour, but role and fashion of the hypaspists.

The Greek and Persian Wars by John Hale is an audio recording.  Normally I like to read my books, but I found this set of lectures well constructed and well spoken.  Not only did the set provide a firm eduction in the Greek and Persian wars, but it help provide a guide to the pronunciation various historical people and places.  Being able to hear these names spoken is a huge help in being able to bend my tong and ear to these difficult sounds.

A history of ancient Sparta by Timothy B. Shutt, is an audio recording.  However, unlike the work by Hale – the content is shallow and the lecture is poorly spoken.

  1. #1 by Mike Scotto on April 14, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    I took a course on Greek and Persian interaction the other year, and though I’m not sure what period you’re thinking of gaming, Herodotus and Xenophon (Anabasis, Hellenika) would be great to read for this. You can skip over big chunks of Herodotus, but both he and Xenophon provide alot of great information of wars with the Persians.

    Hope that helps.

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