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In antiquity authors made mention of this custom as well. " 10 This thesis focuses primarily on Greek notions of victory, as is evident in their dealings with one another, not Persians. When Greeks fought Persians, there was no expectation that the men fighting for the Persian empire would honor or even understand Hellenic battle customs. In 8 Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation, Trans. S. A. 5. 9 W. Kendrick Pritchett, The Greek State at War, vol. 4 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985), 246.
23 Those who used missile weapons carried a stigma of cowardice in the eyes of most Greeks. To a Greek, meeting your enemy head-on in an open field was the most respectable and decisive manner of armed conflict. v. " 22 See Snodgrass, Arms and Armour, 79-81; Warry, Warfare in the Classical World, 5051, 57, 61 for a general overview of the light anned troops of the hop lite age. 23 Warry, Warfare in the Classical World, 50. 24 Hanson, Western Way, 15. 20 the Greeks of the classical period eventually made proper use of these very men and tactics.
Chapter 2 MENANDARMS It is no more possible to study art and not the artists than it is to study war and not the warriors. In this study, as with all studies, a general overview of the most primary actors and topics is required before any specific areas are expanded upon. In any discussion of victory as it was perceived and achieved during Greece's classical period, one must have at least a rudimentary understanding of the very craft of war, which begins with the ~arrior. For this section, the focus 1 will be on the specifics ofland battle with the hoplites (orrAtTTJ$').