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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Sign in to annotate. The work deals in plain style with the sort of morals and social and military qualities and attitudes expected of a virtuous and militarily successful general.

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 in the south-east Peloponnese after its great defeat by the Aenesa at Leuctra in BC.

The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. The work ends with words tavticus command.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. Bronze Age Greek Material Culture: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. 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.


The arguments are all laid out in the editors’ Introduction, along with a quick critique of the work and information about the manuscript tradition, editions, and translations. The simple answer is that we do not know. The complete absence of any references to aeneaas later than that suggest strongly that the work was written, or at least completed, sometime in tacricus s BC.

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.

Aeneas Tacticus – Oxford Classical Dictionary

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Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander

Publications Pages Publications Pages. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. It is therefore fairly likely that the author of this particular military treatise was indeed called Aeneas.

His main subjects were the branches of a military force; infantry; cavalry; chariots; elephants; arms; maneuvers; military evolutions; marching formation. His nonsense books, mo …. Images with borders lead to more information.


Aeneas Tacticus

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 The result of his efforts is generally seen as a lot less sophisticated and polished than that of his contemporaries Xenophon offers the closest comparison in terms of genre and outlook.

This was a turbulent time, particularly in mainland Greece. From it we can deduce that he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century BCE who served in adneas Aegean and in Asia Minor and composed the work from direct knowledge and from oral and some literary tradition, eaneas in —6 BCE.

Aeneas was a prolific writer, and a writer willing to experiment with language and genre. Aeneas himself also refers to other works he had already written. Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

Many small cities which had long belonged to one of the large alliances were, for the first time in generations, on their own. Unlike all other contemporary writers whose texts have been preserved, Aeneas was not an Athenian.