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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For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. Join Our Mailing List: The result of his efforts is generally seen as a lot less sophisticated and hacticus than that of his contemporaries Xenophon offers the closest comparison in terms of genre and outlook.

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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. The work ends with words of command. 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 Thebans at Leuctra in BC.

Aeneas was a prolific writer, and a writer willing to experiment with language and genre. Greek Literature Greek Material Culture: 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.

Aeneas Aineias Tacticus, probably the Stymphalian general of the Arcadian koinon see arcadian league in bce Xen. Aeneas Tacticus is of course not a proper personal name for an ancient Greek.


Unusually, Athens plays only a minor role in his work and he does not write in the Attic dialect, which is otherwise with the exception of Herodotus the standard in classical prose literature. The thicker the border, the more information. His education and general perspective suggest that he was comparatively well off, and his political stance is broadly oligarchic. The work offers no indication of where Aeneas came from.

As zeneas often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: Many small cities which had long belonged to one of the large alliances were, for the first time in generations, on their own. 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 Personal use only; commercial use is strictly prohibited for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice.

Aeneas himself also refers to other works tacticuus had already written. 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. The simple answer is that we do not know. This was a turbulent time, particularly in ttacticus Greece.

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. The Thebans, too had not been able to remain a dominant power, but were still asserting their influence in central and northern Greece.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. The author of the Poliorketika says very little about himself, and almost consistently speaks in general terms: Introduction Name and authorship As so often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: Technical details on the layout of this site follow the Table of Contents, which in turn is adapted from the analysis given in that Introduction; the numbering of the parts with Roman numerals therefore has no authority, although I’ve followed it as convenient for splitting up the long text into webpages of manageable size.


Aeneas Tacticus

At the same time, new multilateral alliances and the increased use of mercenaries in many areas made sieges an ever more common occurrence. The work tacticuz in plain style with the sort of morals and social and military qualities and attitudes expected of a virtuous and militarily successful general. His nonsense books, mo …. 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.

Aeneas was perhaps a general, and certainly author of several didactic military works of which the sole survivor is that on defense against siege. Strictly speaking, nothing at all is known about the author conventionally known as “Aeneas Tacticus”.

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See my copyright page for details and contact information. His main subjects were the branches of a military force; infantry; cavalry; chariots; elephants; arms; maneuvers; military evolutions; marching formation. In This Article Bibliography. From it we can deduce that he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century BCE who served in the Aegean and in Asia Minor and composed the work from direct knowledge and from oral and some literary tradition, possibly in —6 Tactidus.

Of several treatises only his Siegecraft Poliorcetica is extant, internally datable to the mid-4th cent. Note that Aeneas can also be transliterated from the Greek as Aineias.

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