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Greek Warfare


Source A

is taken from a Protocorinthian vase painting which shows two hoplite armies marching towards each other in formation. The boy is playing an aulos, a wind instrument. The music helped keep the soldiers in formation. [1]


Source B

is a diagram of an Athenian trireme. This was the most important naval vessel in the Greek world. It was about 120 feet long, 15 feet wide and needed 170 oarsman. The bow of the ship was used as a battering ram. [2]

 


[1] From: Arther Ferrill, The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985) p. 88.

[2] From: Arther Ferrill, The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985) p. 100.


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