ANCIENT GREEK MARTIAL ARTS: War-fare and Combat Sports within the Classical World is an absolutely-illustrated guide to the battlefield tactics of the hoplite soldier and the athletic competitions that evolved from them. The writer examines their historical origins in mythology to their transformation as Olympic spectacles. The heavy events of wrestling, boxing, and the all-encompassing pankration are covered in great depth, along with hoplomachia (weapons competition). Topics include arms and armor, the phalanx formation, tournament rules, a functional analysis of techniques, and training methods together with a whole listing of the entire Olympic combat sports champions from their inception in 708 B.C. until the last documented contest on record. Emphasis is given to the role that combat played in Hellenic culture and its spiritual connection to the gods themselves. The book includes a lot of artistic endeavors depicted on vases, architectural friezes, frescoes, sculptures, and coins showing combat athletes in heated action and a comprehensive word list of relevant terms.