The archers of classical Athens

Pritchard, David M. (2018) The archers of classical Athens. Greece and Rome, 65 1: 86-102. doi:10.1017/S0017383517000237

Author Pritchard, David M.
Title The archers of classical Athens
Journal name Greece and Rome   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0017-3835
Publication date 2018-04-01
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0017383517000237
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 65
Issue 1
Start page 86
End page 102
Total pages 17
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract The armed forces that Athens took into the Peloponnesian War had four distinct corps. The two that have been studied the most are the cavalry corps and the navy. The same level of focus is now paid to the hoplite corps. In contrast to these three branches, the archers continue to be largely unstudied. Indeed, the last dedicated study of this corps was published in 1913. This neglect of the archers by military historians is unjustified. The creation of the archer corps in the late 480s bc was a significant military innovation. For the rest of the fifth century, Athens constantly deployed archers in a wide range of important combat roles. In the late 430s the state spent as much on them as it did on the cavalry.
Keyword Classics
Ancient Greek history
Ancient history
War studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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