Synopses & Reviews
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. andlt;BRandgt; 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, andlt;Iandgt;The Battle of Salamisandlt;/Iandgt; is a stirring work of history.
"In the hands of Cornell University historian Barry Strauss, the story of the battle is a military epic of the first order."andlt;BRandgt; -- Michael Kenney, andlt;Iandgt;The Boston Globeandlt;/Iandgt;
"Barry Strauss is the Patrick O'Brian of the Persian-Greek war that set the course of western history. He builds a cast-of-thousands classical drama as exciting as any modern epic on a base of astounding detail."andlt;BRandgt; -- Dava Sobel, author of andlt;Iandgt;Longitudeandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Galileo's Daughterandlt;/Iandgt;
"This account of [the Battle of Salamis] by a history professor who is an expert on naval warfare with a gift for vivid narrative brings it, in all its suspense, its complications, its surprises and its cast of extraordinary characters, to fervent and turbulent life."andlt;BRandgt; -- Bernard Knox, andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Post Book Worldandlt;/Iandgt;
About the Author
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 andlt;iandgt;The Battle of Salamisandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Trojan Warandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Spartacus Warandlt;/iandgt;. Visit BarryStrauss.com.
Table of Contents
A Note on Spelling and Abbreviations
Timetable of Events Relating to the Battle of Salamis, 480 B.C.
An Important Note About the Ships
Chapter One: Artemisium
Chapter Two: Thermopylae
Chapter Three: Athens
Chapter Four: Salamis
Chapter Five: Phaleron
Chapter Six: From Salamis to Phaleron
Chapter Seven: From Phaleron to Salamis
Chapter Eight: Salamis
Chapter Nine: Salamis Straits: Morning
Chapter Ten: Salamis Straits: Afternoon
Chapter Eleven: Salamis Straits: Evening
Chapter Twelve: Phaleron
Chapter Thirteen: Andros