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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Aeneas Tacticus

The simple answer is that we do not know. The Thebans, too had not been able to remain a dominant power, but were still asserting their influence in central and northern Greece.

Join Our Mailing List: Many small cities which had long belonged to one of the large alliances were, for the first time in generations, on their own. His education and general perspective suggest that he was comparatively well off, and his political stance is broadly oligarchic.

Aeneas Tacticus – Oxford Reference

It is therefore fairly likely that the author of this particular military treatise was indeed called Aeneas. Sign in via your Institution. Sign in with your library card. Strictly speaking, nothing at all is known about the author conventionally known as “Aeneas Tacticus”. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Unusually, Athens plays only a minor role in his work and he does not write in the Attic dialect, which is otherwise tacticks the exception of Herodotus the standard in classical prose literature. In This Article Bibliography. Access to the complete content on Oxford Classical Dictionary requires a subscription or purchase.

LacusCurtius • Aeneas Tacticus on Siege Defense

Editor’s Preface and Introduction. 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 Sign in to annotate. Concerned more with defence against than prosecution of siege-warfare, it offers unique insights into the stresses of life in small communities with warfare and revolution constantly threatening. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.


Unlike all other contemporary writers whose texts have been preserved, Aeneas was not an Athenian.

Aeneas was perhaps a general, and certainly author of several didactic military works of which the sole survivor is that on defense against siege. 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 general.

Introduction Name and authorship As so often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken tqcticus granted: Aeneas Tacticus is of course not a proper personal name for an ancient Greek.

Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander

Aeneas combines military experience with an intimate knowledge of life in a small town. From it we can deduce hacticus he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century BCE who served in the Aegean and in Taticus Minor and composed the work from direct knowledge and from oral and some literary tradition, possibly in —6 BCE.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. On maintaining morale and discipline and general measures for thwarting treachery and revolution Aeneas himself also refers to other works he had already written. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. The work offers no indication of where Aeneas came from.

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. At the same time, new multilateral alliances and the increased afneas of mercenaries in many areas made sieges an ever more common occurrence. The result of his efforts is generally seen as a lot less sophisticated and polished than that of his contemporaries Xenophon offers the closest comparison in terms of genre and outlook.

Personal use only; commercial use is strictly prohibited for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice. It is devoted entirely to defence of fortified places and deals specially with use of defending troops; aenneas positions; morale; resistance to attacks and to actual assault; guards; obviation of treachery and revolution; and other subjects.

Bronze Age Greek Material Culture: 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 Images with borders lead to more information. Greek Literature Greek Material Culture: We also know from other ancient authors that there was an Tacticcus who had written a number of military treatises, and whose work was well thought of by other writers as well as military txcticus.


This was a turbulent time, particularly in mainland Greece.

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In short, a military commander in a small town with a force of a few hundred may suddenly find himself in a situation where it was necessary tacgicus understand principles of warfare on a much grander scale. His main subjects were the tacgicus of a military force; infantry; cavalry; chariots; elephants; arms; maneuvers; military evolutions; marching formation.

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. The complete absence of any references to events later than that suggest strongly that the work was written, or at least completed, sometime in the s BC.

The author of the Poliorketika says very little about himself, and almost consistently speaks in general terms: His nonsense books, mo …. As so often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: However, this identification has not been proved.

Note that Aeneas can also be transliterated from the Greek as Aineias. The arguments are all laid out in the editors’ Introduction, along with a quick critique of the work and information about the manuscript tradition, editions, and translations.