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    Marathon Men

    The conventional wisdom is that the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon were amateur soldiers who won by chance. In reality, they were the Israel Defense Force of their day—smart, highly trained, and merciless. Before dawn on September...

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    Greek Hoplites, 700-300 B.C.

    These citizen-soldiers of ancient Greece were nearly unstoppable. Greek hoplites were infantry warriors who carried shields, were primarily armed with spears, and fought in the disciplined ranks of a phalanx formation – a solid mass of...

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    Alexander the Monster

    Historians say the battlefield atrocities of the Macedonian king were part of his brilliant military strategy. But were they really born of his personality? Alexander III, king of the ancient state of Macedon, is often heralded as one of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Making the Rules of War

    From ancient origins the informal rules of war have developed into a complex code designed to curb man’s lawless violence. But does it work? All’s fair in love and war. In love, perhaps—in war almost never. Despite the impression...

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    Artemisia at Salamis

    When the outnumbered Greek feet outfought Xerxes’s great navy in 480 BC, the Persians’ only winner was Artemisia, history’s first known female admiral. In 411 BC the Greek playwright Aristophanes staged his famous play comedy in...

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    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Before telegraph, telephone, and radio, how did the ancients exert battlefield command and control?...

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    What We Learned from Marathon, 490 BC

    In the summer of 490 fleet of 600 trireme vessels, sent by King Darius I and commanded by BC a Persian his experienced Median admiral Datis, set out from Ionia with an army of 25,000 men—light infantry, cavalry and archers—bound for...

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    Beware the Furies

    The fortunes of war are hardest on the vanquished, but for a cadre of Athenian commanders during the Peloponnesian War, victory proved fatal. Present-day Greece may be beset with problems, but the nation is stable in comparison to its...

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    Laws of War: Uniting a Fractious Greece

    Philip II, in his 20s when he ascended the throne of Macedon in 359 B.C., had ambitious ideas for his backward realm at the edge of the feuding city-states of Greece. Under his rule, Macedonian nobles grew richer and understood that the...

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    The Significance of Thermopylae: Why We Ought to Thank the Spartans for...

    The year is 480. 300 Spartans, joined by a small force of Greeks, defend the mountain pass of Thermopylae against the invading Persians. If the 300 Spartans had stayed home and if Persians had won the Greco-Persian Wars, the Western...

  • Military History Magazine

    Timoleon’s Trials and Triumphs

    Emerging from exile after his brother’s murder, the Corinthian general sought and found redemption in Sicily.  The tale should serve as inspiration for geezers everywhere: A general in his 60s leads a scratch force of low-quality...

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    MHQ Noteworthy Books Autumn 2015

    Browned Off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War, 1939–1945 by Alan Allport, 424 pages. (Yale, $40). Approaching World War II as a social history of those who served in the PBI (poor bloody infantry), Allport...

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    What Battle Did Alexander the Great Win at Age 16?

    What was the first battle called that Alexander the Great won, when he was 16? Madisyn ? ? ? Dear Madisyn, Alexander has just completed his studies under Aristotle when King Philip II of Macedon set out on a campaign against Byzantium and...

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    War List: The Assassins’ Moment

    Marc G. DeSantis discusses leaders who died not in battle but at the hands of assassins....

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    MHQ Summer 2014, Table of Contents

    Subscribe to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History today! The Summer 2014 issue of MHQ goes on sale May 13, 2014. Visit the Historynet Store to order your copy today! The Quarterly Journal of Military History Summer 2014, Volume...