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date: 04 June 2020



Many deserve thanks for making this volume possible. Chief among these are the contributors whose chapters have created a fresh new appraisal of the nature of warfare in the classical world. The editors thank Stefan Vranka, senior editor of Oxford University Press, for his support in producing this volume and the editorial assistance of Sarah Pirovitz who provided valuable aid in obtaining images and permissions. The editors, together with Oxford University Press, also acknowledge the contribution made toward the volume’s publication by Loyola Marymount University, especially J. H. Grever, past Chair of the History Department.

Adopting the custom of other Oxford Handbooks, contributor acknowledgments are collected here. These include Phyllis Culham who thanks her Naval Academy seminar in Roman Counterinsurgency in fall 2006, and, additionally, 2nd Lt. Austin Murnane, USMC, for his contributions. The twin consciences of this project were 2nd Lt. Ali T. Kianpour, USMC, who questioned “the Western tradition in warfare” with patience, good humor, and great intelligence and Lt. Kylan Jones-Huffman (USNR, KIA, al-Hillah, 2003), whose short career in history was dedicated to scrapping the conventions of military history and who would have insisted that her contribution, at the least, not glamorize or romanticize the experiences of suffering or perpetrating violence.

Randall Howarth expresses his gratitude to Mercyhurst College for providing the editorial assistance of Chelsea Boothe who supplied essential help with his chapter.

Waldemar Heckel thanks Joseph Roisman for a preview of his forthcoming paper on the historian Hieronymus and the Argyraspids, and for commenting on his contribution to this volume.

Recent research conducted by Christine Salazar into early Byzantine medicine has been funded by a grant from the Jubiläumsfonds, Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

Frank Russell is indebted to Kyle Harper’s presentation at the Ashmolean Museum (2004) discussing an inscription recording the career of the Roman official and spy (?) Valerius Paternus.

Ann Hyland extends her thanks to the late F. W. Walbank for his assistance in sorting out the complexities of cavalry drills and maneuvers and related equine details.

Thomas Martin expresses his gratitude to Patrick Wheatley for his advice and suggestions concerning his essay on Demetrius Poliorcetes, though adds that it goes without saying that he is not responsible for any shortcomings or errors.

(p. x) Thomas Palaima wishes to thank his student, Stacey Peebles, for discussing his epilogue and allowing him to read in advance chapters from her 2011 book, Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier’s Experience in Iraq.

The editors sadly note that contributor John Buckler, a specialist in the study of the Greek fourth century b.c. and its wars, died June 2, 2011 before this volume was ready for press. This is especially regrettable as John was not only timely with his chapter, but especially anticipated the volume’s publication. His chapter on the Theban general Epaminondas and his spectacular victory at Leuctra, marked by close study of the topography—work of which John was proud professionally and personally—should long remain authoritative.