Strictly speaking, nothing at all is known about the author conventionally known as “Aeneas Tacticus”. “Tacticus” is merely to differentiate him. Aeneas Tacticus: ancient Greek civilization: Historical writings: Stymphalus in Arcadia (known as Aeneas Tacticus) is valuable not only for the evidence it. The aim of this paper is firstly, to emphasize the way in which the ideas and instructions of Aeneas Tacticus are articulated in a rigorous and.

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If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. Aeneas was a prolific writer, and a writer willing to experiment with language and genre. Asclepiodotusphilosopher and pupil of the Stoic Posidonius, wrote a rather dry but ordered work on Tactics as if a subject of the lecture room, based not on personal experience but on earlier manuals.

Editor’s Preface and Introduction. Sign in to annotate. The work ends with words of command.

Sign in with your library card. It is therefore fairly likely that the author of this particular military treatise was indeed called Aeneas. The work offers no indication of where Aeneas came from. The complete absence of any references to events later than that suggest strongly that the work was written, or at least completed, sometime in the s BC. Personal use only; commercial use is strictly prohibited for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice.

The Thebans, too had not been able to remain a dominant power, but were still asserting their influence in central and northern Greece.

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As so often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: Bronze Age Greek Material Culture: It is also concerned with such matters as his choice of staff; attitude to war; religious duties; military formations; conduct in allied and hostile lands; difficult terrains; camps; drill; spies; guards; deserters; battle formations and maneuvers; and other matters, ending with conduct after victory. Technical details on the layout of this site follow the Table of Contents, which in turn is adapted from the analysis given in that Tactixus the numbering of the parts with Roman numerals therefore has no authority, although I’ve followed it as convenient for splitting up the long text into webpages of manageable size.

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Most of the events we can date belong to the first four decades of the fourth century BC, and particularly to the s and s. His education and general perspective suggest that he was comparatively well off, and his political taticus is broadly oligarchic.

In short, a military commander in a small town with a force of a few hundred may suddenly find himself in a situation where it was necessary to understand principles of warfare on a much grander scale. Aeneas combines military experience with an intimate knowledge of life in a small town.

Many small cities which had long belonged to one of the large alliances were, for the first time in generations, on their own. The old power blocks, Athens and Sparta, were no longer dominant, Athens battling against reluctant allies and a lack of funds for military operations, and Sparta reduced to its territory tadticus the south-east Peloponnese after its great defeat by the Thebans at Leuctra in BC.

Sign in via your Institution. The author of the Poliorketika says very tacticuus about himself, and almost consistently speaks in general terms: Greek Literature Greek Material Culture: Images with borders lead to more information.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, tactiucs check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. The thicker the border, the more information. However, this identification has not been proved.

It is devoted entirely to defence of fortified places and deals specially with use of defending troops; defensive positions; morale; resistance to attacks and to actual assault; guards; obviation of treachery and revolution; and other subjects.


Aeneas Tacticus: Introduction

From it we can deduce that he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century BCE who served in the Aegean and tactucus Asia Minor and composed the work from direct knowledge and from oral and some literary tradition, possibly in —6 BCE. In This Article Bibliography. The latest episodes may date to the early s BC. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Aensas with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.

Of several treatises only his Siegecraft Poliorcetica is extant, internally datable to the mid-4th cent. Unlike all other contemporary writers whose texts have been preserved, Aeneas was not an Athenian.

Concerned more with defence against than prosecution of siege-warfare, it offers unique insights into the stresses of life in small communities with warfare and revolution constantly threatening. Aeneas himself also refers to other works he had already written.

On maintaining morale and discipline and general measures for thwarting treachery and revolution At the same time, new multilateral alliances and the increased use of mercenaries in many areas made sieges an ever more common occurrence. On checking, at a distance from the walls, the advance of a foe, and on taking special precautions in regard to religious processions outside the city walls and treachery at the gates of the city Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

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