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I. Greece

The problem of logistics for large armies was recognized as early as the 5th cent. BC: Herodotus describes not only the position of the Greeks, who had to supply the Persian army with food in 480 BC (Hdt. 7,118f.), but also calculates its daily requirement as 110,340 medimnes in total (c. 4,400 t; Hdt. 7,187; cf. 9,41,2); Thucydides assumes that the Greeks at Troy fed themselves by piracy and cultivating corn for want of having brought sufficient provisions with …

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Wierschowski, Lothar (Oldenburg), “Logistics”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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