The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323-204BC, An Institutional And Operational History

Very little attention has been paid to Egypt after Alexander the Great, but this book explains how the Ptolemaic Army maintained Egypt’s position as a major power. The legacy of Alexander’s campaigns was a number of the significant nations of the Middle East being ruled by his successors and Egypt was an enduring part of that legacy. Most Highly Recommended

NAME:  The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt 323-204BC, An Institutional And Operational 
History
FILE: R3339
AUTHOR: Paul Johnstono
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £25.00                                                
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Egypt, Mediterranean, Roman Republic, Alexander, Greek army of 
Alexander, Alexander's heirs, Ptolemaic Dynasty, Ptolemaic Kings, military 
institutions, organization, tactics, structure

ISBN: 1-47383-383-3

PAGES: 344, 16 page full colour plate sections and numerous maps and tables in 
b&w through the body of the text.
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DESCRIPTION: Very little attention has been paid to Egypt after Alexander the 
Great, but this book explains how the Ptolemaic Army maintained Egypt's position 
as a major power. The legacy of Alexander's campaigns was a number of the 
significant nations of the Middle East being ruled by his successors and Egypt was 
an enduring part of that legacy.  Most Highly Recommended

The author provides a review of the organization and institutional structure of the Ptolemaic Army and analyses the reasons for successes and failures in the many campaigns of the first four Ptolemaic Kings.

Thorough research draws on a very wide range of literacy and archaeological evidence that includes surviving papyrus documents. The results of the research are presented in a flowing narrative that will satisfy historians and enthusiasts.

It is perhaps strange that no one has paid this level of attention to the subject before. From the start of the Ptolemaic dynasty, Egypt continued to prosper and was the bread basket of an expanding Rome, maintaining its independence through to the rule of Cleopatra. Given the coverage afforded to Alexander’s campaigns and to the history of Ancient Egypt, it is surprising that similar attention was not paid to the Ptolemaic dynasty and the part its army played in maintaining the position of Egypt as a significant power.

The author has presented the Army and the political environment of the period covered in detail. The able description is supported by b&w illustration through the body of the book and an informative colour plate section.

A rewarding read.