By B. H. Liddell Hart

Publish yr note: first released 1926
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Scipio Africanus (236183 b.c.) was once the most intriguing and dynamic leaders in heritage. As commander, he by no means misplaced a conflict. but it truly is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in public reminiscence.

As B.H. Liddell Hart writes,"Scipio's battles are richer in stratagems and ruses--many nonetheless possible today--than these of the other commander in history." Any army fanatic or historian will locate this to be an soaking up, gripping portrait.

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12 By 507, Greeks in Asia and on the northern Aegean coast knew the Persian military well. What’s missing is any record of Greeks fighting Persians in the open field. When Cyrus the Great defeated Croesus, king of Lydia, his former Greek subjects fortified their cities. But they did not come out to fight. The Persians built earth mounds against the city walls and captured them one by one, except for Miletus, which had made a treaty with Cyrus earlier, and two others, whose inhabitants abandoned their cities and sailed west.

In the 1960s looters sawed in two the wooden beam on which it was painted (Figure 12). The beam ended up in the Archäologische Staatssammlung in Munich, where it remained largely unnoticed until a German scholar, Lâtife Summerer, rediscovered it. It shows a Persian force, coming from the left, defeating a Scythian force coming from the right. In the center, the Persian commander pulls the Scythian leader forward by his beard as he stabs him in the stomach with a dagger—a stock execution scene in Achaemenid art.

The inconsequential role of Miltiades and therefore an inadequate explanation of why the battle occurred when and where it did. • The absence of the Persian cavalry, despite the fact that Herodotus says the Persians landed at Marathon because it was good cavalry country. 14 I propose to apply two principles when interpreting Herodotus. ” So, for example, when considering whether to believe Herodotus’ statement that Datis had a fleet of 600 ships, we should look at the numbers Herodotus gives for other Persian fleets.

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