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    Autodidact-O-Saurus
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    Does it make much sense to read both ‘An Invincible Beast’ and ‘Storm of Spears’ by Christopher Matthew? I just finished ‘Beast’ and recommend it but it can be repetitive and a bit of a slog at times. I could see if I’d read ‘Storm’ first then reading ‘Beast’ might be advantageous. But I’m not sure about the other way around. Anybody read both of them?

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    Erik Walton
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    I have not read either, and will admit that I’m not familiar with them. Why do you say that it doesn’t make sense to read “Storm” after finishing “Beast”?

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    Well, the two books are quite similar, by the same author, describing the same methodology. Where they differ is that ‘Beast’ focuses on Hellenistic warfare whereas ‘Storm’ looks at the earlier classical hoplite warfare. As mentioned, I’ve completed ‘Beast’ and I’m now about 35% through ‘Storm’. As I suspected, there is a great deal of repetition.  Still, there’s enough of a difference between the weapon systems (doru vs. sarissa) that both books are informative. I could have extrapolated a lot of his findings in ‘Storm’ from reading ‘Beast’. But I would have missed a couple of major things such as a couched, underarm way of holding the doru being the most likely method of using it.

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