An extract from a poem by Alcam
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Warfare - Tyrtaios

Tyrtaios' poems were on the theme of war and give us clues about what warfare was like. This extract offers advice to a soldier. It tells us that soldiers carried a shield, and that they were expected to be brave and fight within close range of the enemy. Their weapons were a spear and sword.

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