The editor: Alan B. Lloyd's publications on classical and
Egyptological subjects include a three-volume commentary on Herodotus
Book II (1975-88).
How do fighting men act and feel in battle? How do they deal with
the trauma of conflict? What determines the outcome of battle? Modern
research on war, notably that of John Keegan and Victor Hanson,
has posed these questions with a new acuteness. In the ancient world,
warfare was a constant reality. Much ancient literature deals with
it. The present collection of original studies applies the new methods,
for the first time, to the warriors of Greece, Rome and Pharaonic
Egypt. The contributors demonstrate that the battle-experience of
Homer's heroes and of Alexander's infantrymen compares surprisingly
with that of Wellington's redcoats.