Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600–1100 BC

Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600–1100 BC, Raffaele D'Amato & Andrea Salimbeti

More than a century has passed past since German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the treasures of Bronze Age Mycenae. The richly decorated artefacts of the entombed warriors, whose bodies still lay in their graves, confirmed that Homer's epic »The Iliad« was based upon true events, and that the Achaeans described in his poems probably did exist. Through a combined study of the mythical tradition, archeological findings and written sources, this fascinating addition to the Warrior series explores the evolution of warfare in the Bronze Age Greek world. Covering weaponry, clothing, helmets and body armour, it provides a richly illustrated guide to the warriors who have shone from the pages of Homer's poem for almost three millennia.

Contents

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Military Organization and Command Structure
  • Clothing
  • Weapons and Armour
  • Chariotry
    • Box chariot
    • Quadrant chariot
    • Dual chariot
    • Rail chariot
    • Four-wheeled chariot
    • Horse-mounted warriors
    • Chariots in Linear B
  • Siege Warfare and Naval Warfare
  • The Life and Duty of a Warrior
  • The Warrior in Battle
  • War Campaigns
  • Sites, Museums and Electronic Resources
  • Select Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600–1100 BC is a detailed study of the clothing, arms and armour of the Mycenaean Greek warrior of the late Bronze Age (late Helladic). The book covers the shape and design of swords, daggers, speer points, war hammers, battle axes, slings, bows, shields, helmets, greaves, and body armour, which are of significance to the figure painter and sculptor alike. Collections of sketches comparing speer points, swords and helmets facilitate the proper identification and chronological classification of model soldiers based on the equipment they are carrying. Eight colour plates show Achaean and Locrian warriors as well as Sea Peoples, Hittites, and Anatolians carrying the weapons and wearing the various helmets and pieces of body armour described in the book. This is an excellent resource for the wargamer and miniature painter interested in converting and accurately painting Bronze Age Greek warriors for an ancient army.

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