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Osprey Elite 130 : The Mycenaeans c.1650-1100 BC

The timeless appeal of Homer's epic poem of the ancient Trojan War, The Iliad, has meant an enduring interest in the Mycenaen age. Modern scholarship and new archaeological evidence now allows us to reconstruct 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 book 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. Text by Nicolas Grguric with illustrations by Angus McBride.

    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 Implications
    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

 

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