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POLL: Ancient Generals Were Untrained


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Zyphyr writes:

Case by case, but I would expect that most had at least a little On The Job training.


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VOTING RESULTS
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I disagree
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I agree
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no opinion
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POLL DESCRIPTION
Writing in Slingshot #275, John Hastings argues that one of the reasons that wargames cannot replicate ancient battles accurately is that gamers have more experience and resources than ancient generals:
…an ancient general was untrained. If he was lucky, he had some sort of apprenticeship under an experienced general. He might even have a book written by an experienced general. He certainly did not have the availability of innumerable books discussing every aspect of the general's and wargamer's art, nor the experience of fighting the huge number of battles that wargamers get through.
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