posted on Jan, 26 2006 @ 11:05 PM
I finally found a really good and comprehensive book on the subject of how the war was fought (not so much why or its implictations for today) and I
must say it was a remarkeable reading...called "A War Like No Other".
First off, I never would have guessed that a war in the Hellenistic period would have been so bloody. With the majority of the 100,000+ military
casualties being in the last few years of the war. Not to mention the 80,000+ civilian casualties from the plague alone...
That and the scale and hardships of Naval war at the time is quite amazing, and well discussed in this book. If anything, it was a war like no other
because of the extent of Naval conflict, with some battles killing as many as 30,000 men a battle.
I wonder why they didn't copper their hulls though so that the ships didn't get "watter logged" which caused some significant logistic problems.