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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The author of the Poliorketika says very little about himself, and almost consistently speaks in general terms: In This Article Bibliography. Images with borders lead to more information.

The arguments are all laid out in the editors’ Introduction, along with a quick critique of the work tavticus information about the manuscript tradition, editions, and translations.

Note that Aeneas can also be transliterated from the Greek as Aineias. His nonsense books, mo …. His main subjects were the branches of a military force; infantry; cavalry; chariots; elephants; arms; maneuvers; military evolutions; aeeas formation. The complete absence of any references to events later than that suggest strongly that the work was written, or at aneeas completed, sometime in the s BC. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Aeneas Tacticus is of course not a proper personal name for an ancient Greek. Aeneas Aineias Tacticus, probably the Stymphalian general of the Arcadian koinon see arcadian league in bce Xen. For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. Access to the complete content on Oxford Classical Dictionary requires a subscription or purchase.

On maintaining morale and discipline and general measures for thwarting treachery and revolution Aeneas was perhaps a general, and certainly author of several didactic military works of which the sole survivor is that on defense against siege.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Most of the events we can date belong to the first four decades of the fourth century BC, and particularly to the s and s. 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 to understand principles of warfare on a much grander scale.


See my copyright page for details and contact information. Introduction Name and authorship As so often with ancient texts, even the most basic details cannot be taken for granted: The latest episodes may date to the early s BC. 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.

However, this identification has not been proved. Unlike all other contemporary writers whose texts have been preserved, Aeneas was not an Athenian. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. 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.

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.

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Aeneas Tacticus

Technical details on aenas 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. Greek Literature Greek Material Culture: This was a turbulent time, particularly in mainland Greece.

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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. 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.


His education and general perspective suggest that he was comparatively well off, and his political stance is broadly oligarchic. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. 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.

Editor’s Preface and Introduction. 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 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.

LacusCurtius • Aeneas Tacticus on Siege Defense

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.

From it we can deduce that he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century Zeneas 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 BCE. Aeneas aenexs military experience with an intimate knowledge of life in a small town. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Of several treatises only his Siegecraft Txcticus is extant, internally datable to the mid-4th cent. The work ends with words of command.

The simple answer is that we do not know. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.