Overrated Empire

From: Andrew Barton <AndrewBarton_at_compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 15:43:18 -0500

Some other manpower figures, nearer to the Bronze Age: in the classical period the city-states Athens and Argos could each field about 8,000 hoplites, citizen soldiers who provided their own equipment and were in the upper reaches of their society.

At various times Athens was able to man a fleet of 200 triremes with crews totalling about 40,000, drawing on the lower classes for the rowers.


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