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Published on Nov 21, 2008
Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)
In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan discusses the emergence of a new style of warfare among the Greeks, the hoplite phalanx. After discussing the panoply of the hoplite solider and the method of fighting, he argues that this style of fighting came about early in the life of the polis. In addition, he shows that the phalanx was almost invincible on the field. At the lecture's conclusion, he answers several questions from students about hoplite warfare in the Greek world.
00:00 - Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Hoplite Phalanx 06:33 - Chapter 2. The Hoplite 12:09 - Chapter 3. The Phalanx 29:47 - Chapter 4. Fighting Style, Casualties, Winning and Losing 43:51 - Chapter 5. Question and Answer on the Hoplite Phalanx 01:02:17 - Chapter 6. Closing Remarks and Critiques of Orthodox Interpretation