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Greek military service in the ancient Near East, 401-330 BCE

Author: Jeffrey Rop
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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This is the first monograph dedicated to the history of Greek military service for the Achaemenid Persian Empire and the Kingdom of Egypt from the rebellion of Cyrus the Younger to the conquests of Alexander the Great. Through careful analysis of the political contexts of their recruitment and detailed reconstructions of their performances as soldiers and generals on the battlefield, Jeffrey Rop overturns the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Military history
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Rop
ISBN: 9781108499507 1108499503
OCLC Number: 1085946063
Notes: "This book is a substantially revised version of my dissertation, itself based on a research paper I wrote at the end of my first year of graduate school in the spring of 2007"--Author's preface.
Description: xxvi, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Greek thesis --
The Battle of Cunaxa --
Greece and the rebellion of Cyrus the Younger --
Greeks in Persia and Egypt, ca. 400-360 --
The revolt of Artabazus --
The Persian conquest of Egypt --
The Greco-Persian defense of Western Anatolia --
The fall of the Achaemenid Persian Empire --
Conclusion: The other Persian Wars.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Rop.


Challenges the view that Greek soldiers serving in ancient Persia and Egypt were mercenaries hired for their superior military skills. Avoiding technical jargon and including clear translations,  Read more...


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