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By Sonya Nevin

the traditional Greeks attributed nice value to the sacred in the course of warfare and campaigning, as confirmed from their earliest texts. one of the first 4 strains of the Iliad, for instance, is a statement that Apollo started the feud among Achilles and Agamemnon and despatched an endemic upon the Greek military simply because its chief, Agamemnon, had mistreated Apollo’s priest. during this first in-depth examine of the perspective of army commanders in the direction of holy floor, Sonya Nevin addresses the customs and behavior of those leaders when it comes to sanctuaries, precincts, shrines, temples and sacral gadgets. concentrating on quite a few Greek kings and captains, the writer exhibits how army leaders have been anticipated to react to the sacred websites in their foes. She extra explores how they have been prone to reply, and the way their responses formed the best way such generals have been considered through their groups, by way of their troops, via their enemies and likewise via these – like Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon – who have been writing their lives. it is a groundbreaking examine of the importance of the sacred in conflict and the broader tradition of antiquity.

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