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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The simple answer is that we do not know. This was a turbulent time, particularly in mainland Greece.

Aeneas combines military experience with an intimate knowledge of life in a small town. Editor’s Preface and Introduction. See my copyright page for details and contact information.

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Many small cities which had long belonged to one of the large alliances were, for the first time in generations, on their own. In This Article Bibliography. Sign in to annotate. Aeneas Aineias Tacticus, probably the Stymphalian general of the Arcadian koinon see arcadian league in bce Xen.

If you are a student or academic complete our librarian recommendation form to recommend the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to your librarians for an institutional free trial. Join Our Mailing List: 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 However, this identification has not been proved.


It is also concerned with such matters as his choice of staff; attitude to war; religious duties; military formations; conduct in allied and hostile lands; difficult terrains; camps; drill; spies; guards; deserters; battle formations and maneuvers; and other matters, ending with conduct after victory.

Note that Aeneas can also be transliterated from the Greek as Aineias. Publications Pages Publications Pages. We also know from other ancient authors that there was an Aeneas who had written a number of military treatises, and whose work was well thought of by other writers as well as military experts.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. On maintaining morale and discipline and general measures for thwarting treachery and revolution The result of his efforts is generally seen as a lot less sophisticated and polished xeneas that of his contemporaries Xenophon offers the closest comparison in terms of genre and outlook.

Aeneas Tacticus

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Aeneas himself also refers to other works he had already written. As so often aeneaa ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: At the end of the work the scribe recorded Aeneas as the author, and accepting some corrections of a very confused text in this passage the name Aeneas appears in the work itself Bronze Age Greek Material Culture: 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 tactius.


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Aeneas Tacticus

If you have purchased a tactifus title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. Asclepiodotusphilosopher and pupil of the Stoic Posidonius, wrote a rather dry but ordered work on Tactics as if a subject of the lecture room, based not on personal experience but on earlier manuals.

Strictly speaking, nothing at all is known about the author conventionally known as “Aeneas Tacticus”. It is devoted entirely to defence of fortified places and deals specially with use of defending troops; defensive positions; morale; resistance to attacks and to actual assault; guards; obviation of treachery and revolution; and other subjects.