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John Warry


Barnes and Noble Inc. 1998, 302 pgs., index


Reviewer comment:
The author treats the subject matter in a rather generalized - even theoretical - manner. This is an excellent summary that actually focuses on the broad topics that are often missed in detailed military histories of battles. The author stresses the political causes and aspects of warfare generically and wars in particular.


The Pronunciation of Ancient Languages
This is a short, interesting explanation of the difference between Greek and Roman (Latin) pronunciation and its rendition in the alphabet. Then the author notes how both were subject to changes that took place as they were inherited between ancient and modern times. The result has been that they are confused by modern speakers of English, French, Italian and German when translated into written words in those languages. One frequent example that readers encounter is pronunciation of the initial sound shown in English as C rather than K in such words as Caesar of Corinth.


Homeric and Mycenaean Warfare


The Persian Wars


The Peloponnesian War


The Decline of Sparta and the Ascendancy of Thebes


Alexander the Great


Alexander's Successors and the Later Greek World


Pyrrhus of Epirus and the Roman Republic


The Punic Wars and Roman Expansion


Marius and Sulla


Pompey ad His Epoch


Julius Caesar


The Wars of the Triumvirate


The Military Task of Imperial Rome


The Coming of the Barbarians



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