Author(s): Cole, Myke
From the time of ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry Phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder-to-shoulder and with overlapping shields, they presented an impenetrable wall of metal to the enemy until the Roman legion eclipsed the phalanx as the masters of infantry battle.
Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280-168 BC), this book looks at each formation in detail - delving into their tactics, arms and equipment, organization and deployment. It then examines six documented battles in which the legion fought the phalanx- Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC). Drawing on original primary sources, Myke Cole presents a highly detailed but lively history of a defining clash of military formations.
About the author:
Myke Cole has had a colourful and varied career, with a long career in war and crisis response, beginning as a mercenary on contract to the CIA, and transitioning into a federal intelligence position first with DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and finally with the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence). He currently works for the NYPD in cyber threat intelligence.
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 novelist with Ace/Roc, the fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 20181101
Product Form: Hardback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 239 mm161 mm31 mm
Weight: 644 gr