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For a long time peace was understood in negative fashion simply as the absence of war -Yvon Garlan Kendrick Pritchett in the introduction to the book The Greek State at War points out that in order to write history of Greek Warfare one would require a knowledge of many aspects of Greek life The would-be investigator would have to be familiar with terrain in the case of any given battle have an acquaintance with the archaeological artifacts of various types close familiarity with the written sources and most important an understanding of the general economic picture He would also need some insight into ancient religion and acquaintance with military and naval procedures and strategy There is a definite truth about the statement Even such narrow subject as development of light infantry in ancient Greece requires inquiries in multiple areas of overall Greek history The knowledge of what ancient Greeks considered light infantry an insight on development of ancient Greek infantry in general agricultural warfare key historical event that assisted in changing Greek outlook on war these areas are absolutely essential in researching the subject of light infantry in Ancient Greece Researching the primary sources for the subject of light infantry an investigator would find a puzzling fact there are little or no references to the subject of inquiry Ancient historians Thucydides Xenophon Herodotus do not refer to light infantry troops instead they use term peltast It appears that the term peltast signifies a light armored warrior for the ancient historians The term itself comes from pelta or pelte - a small shield that inhabitants of Thrace used as their battle armor We find descriptions of Thracian peoples in Herodotus The Histories The Thracians in the army wore fox-skin caps on their heads and tunics on their bodies over these they wore embroidered mantles they had shoes of fawnskin on their feet and legs they also had javelins and little
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