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Thucydides and Topography: the neglected prevalence and significance of elevated terrain in Classical Greek battles

Thucydides and Topography: the neglected prevalence and significance of elevated terrain in... AbstractThis article uses Thucydides’ literary evidence to argue that elevated terrain was prevalent in the battles of the Peloponnesian War, contrary to the orthodox view of the Classical Greek battlefield. This argument has four parts. First, Thucydides’ battles are defined and listed. Second, the references to terrain in these battle accounts are catalogued. Third, this collated data is analysed to demonstrate that elevated terrain was indeed prevalent on the battlefields of the Peloponnesian War. And, fourth, some of the military effects of this elevated terrain are explored. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient History de Gruyter

Thucydides and Topography: the neglected prevalence and significance of elevated terrain in Classical Greek battles

Journal of Ancient History , Volume 9 (1): 23 – Jun 26, 2021

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de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
2324-8114
eISSN
2324-8114
DOI
10.1515/jah-2020-0002
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Abstract

AbstractThis article uses Thucydides’ literary evidence to argue that elevated terrain was prevalent in the battles of the Peloponnesian War, contrary to the orthodox view of the Classical Greek battlefield. This argument has four parts. First, Thucydides’ battles are defined and listed. Second, the references to terrain in these battle accounts are catalogued. Third, this collated data is analysed to demonstrate that elevated terrain was indeed prevalent on the battlefields of the Peloponnesian War. And, fourth, some of the military effects of this elevated terrain are explored.

Journal

Journal of Ancient Historyde Gruyter

Published: Jun 26, 2021

Keywords: Thucydides; terrain; topography; warfare; battlefields; classical Greece

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