Several Remarks About the Near-Eastern Contribution to Early Archaic Greek Warfare


  • Jakub Witowski University of Wrocław



Greek warfare, Archaic Period, conical helmet, shields, Near-Eastern warfare, composite shields


In recent years Archaic Greek warfare has become one of the issues most often raised among scholars focused on Ancient Greece in general. Questions about the emergence of the phalanx, evolution of fighting styles and types of weapons feature prominently in the mentioned discourse. The considerations of the provenance of these innovations certainly do not go beyond the frames of that debate. Taking the vast scope of interactions between the Near East and the widely understood Greek world into account, presuming the possible presence of the Near-Eastern influences in Archaic Greek warfare seems to be legitimate. The aim of this paper is an attempt to point out archaeologically traceable solutions in the terms of weapons and tactics in Greek warfare which may have been drawn from the Oriental area and assess their potential significance for the development of Greek warfare.


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Witowski, Jakub. 2019. “Several Remarks About the Near-Eastern Contribution to Early Archaic Greek Warfare”. Studies in Ancient Art and Civilisation 22 (January):7-22.