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Legion versus Phalanx


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Preface Chronology Maps PART I: And in this Corner . . . Examining the Legion and the Phalanx Chapter I. Who Would Win in a Fight? The Eagle and the Lion Chapter II. Not your Father's Phalanx: The Legacy of Iphicrates Chapter III. Mules that Kill: Under the Eagle of Rome PART II: Fight! The Legion versus the Phalanx in Six Battles Chapter IV. Heraclea (280 BC): Rome's First Test Chapter V. Asculum (279 BC): "One more such victory, and we are undone." Chapter VI. Beneventum (275 BC): Pyrrhus' Last Gasp Chapter VII. Cynoscephalae (197 BC): The Legion Triumphant Chapter VIII. Magnesia (190 BC): No Refuge for Hannibal Chapter IX. Pydna (168 BC): The Fall of the Antigonids Chapter X. Legions and Phalanxes Glossary Bibliography Index

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Taking a populist approach to a serious subject, Myke Cole combines his novelist's flair for drama with the ancient historian's eye for detail to create a unique book that delves into one of the most popular areas of the Ancient World.

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Myke Cole has had a colourful and varied career, with service in war and crisis response. He began as a security contractor to the CIA, and transitioned into a federal intelligence position first with DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and then with the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence). He commanded the reserve at US Coast Guard Station New York, where he was responsible for maritime law enforcement and search-and-rescue operations around the island of Manhattan. He went on to work for the NYPD in cyber threat intelligence, and currently works as a security and intelligence consultant in the private sector. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has published extensively in military history and security, including pieces in the journals of the American Association of Museums and the American Historical Association, and is also a popular fantasy and science fiction novelist with several major imprints, including Ace/Roc, Tor and Angry Robot. Myke also appeared on CBS' hit TV show Hunted, where he joined a team of elite investigators pursuing fugitives across the southeastern United States.


On the face of it, this could be a turgidly dry chin-stroking look into ancient warfare tactics but, thanks the brio of author Myke Cole, it's anything but. [...] The author points out elements that are largely accepted as fact thanks to detailed reports, and others where supposition comes into play, but he does this with a skill that makes it seem like a discussion between friends, not a lecture. With an excellent colour plate section full of photos of armour, illustrations, ancient graphics and diagrams of troop dispositions you have a highly entertaining and yet worthy look into how and why the Roman Legion was so effective against the Phalanx that had previously dominated the battlefield. * The Armourer, January 2019 *
Amazing, detailed, thoroughly researched and genuinely exciting. * Anna Stephens, Author of 'Godblind' *

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