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Battle of Salamis : Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization (04 Edition)


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On a late September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada in the narrow Salamis Straits in the most important naval battle of the ancient world. Overwhelmingly outnumbered by the enemy, the Greeks triumphed through a combination of strategy and deception. More than two millennia after it occurred, the clash between the Greeks and Persians at Salamis remains one of the most tactically brilliant battles ever fought. The Greek victory changed the course of western history — halting the advance of the Persian Empire and setting the stage for the Golden Age of Athens.

In this dramatic new narrative account, historian and classicist Barry Strauss brings this landmark battle to life. He introduces us to the unforgettable characters whose decisions altered history: Themistocles, Athens' great leader (and admiral of its fleet), who devised the ingenious strategy that effectively destroyed the Persian navy in one day; Xerxes, the Persian king who fought bravely but who ultimately did not understand the sea; Aeschylus, the playwright who served in the battle and later wrote about it; and Artemisia, the only woman commander known from antiquity, who turned defeat into personal triumph. Filled with the sights, sounds, and scent of battle, The Battle of Salamis is a stirring work of history.

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Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University, is a leading expert on ancient military history. He has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit

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A Note on Spelling and Abbreviations

Timetable of Events Relating to the Battle of Salamis, 480 B.C.

An Important Note About the Ships

Prologue: Piraeus

The Advance

Chapter One: Artemisium

Chapter Two: Thermopylae

Chapter Three: Athens

Chapter Four: Salamis

The Trap

Chapter Five: Phaleron

Chapter Six: From Salamis to Phaleron

Chapter Seven: From Phaleron to Salamis

Chapter Eight: Salamis

The Battle

Chapter Nine: Salamis Straits: Morning

Chapter Ten: Salamis Straits: Afternoon

Chapter Eleven: Salamis Straits: Evening

The Retreat

Chapter Twelve: Phaleron

Chapter Thirteen: Andros

Epilogue: Susa





Product Details

The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization
Strauss, Barry
Strauss Barry
Simon & Schuster
Military - Naval
Ancient - Greece
General History
Greece - History - Persian Wars, 500-
Salamis, Battle of, Greece, 480 B.C.
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
World History-Ancient Near East
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Grade Level:
1-8pp b-w insert, line drawings plus 12
9.25 x 6.12 in 12.705 oz

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