Synopses & Reviews
At Marathon, the site of the key battle between Greek and Persian armies, independence and a radical new political form were at stake. Through an overview of the religion, culture, and alliances among city-states, this historical account adds depth and context to the battle that safeguarded the autonomy of Greek life, allowed for the development of a cultural foundation for Western civilization, and protected the young democratic government. Detailing the stories of brutal fighting, Philippides' final run proclaiming news of victory, and the powerful political changes that took shape immediately after, this vivid description provides the details of a pivotal moment in Western history.
"Nothing I know of . . . has set out so vividly the backgrounds and contrasted traditions of the two great civilizations which were to clash at Marathon." —Mary Renault, author, Fire From Heaven
In a rather informal novelistic style, this book tells the story of Marathon where the Greeks, defending their democracy, clashed with the Persians. Alan Lloyd not only brings the events to life, but provides the background history and cultural context to the clash, describing what life was like in the Greek city-states and the flowering of Athenian democracy. There is never a dull moment in this book. Originally published in 1973, the text appears unchanged.
About the Author
is the author of more than 30 books, including Destroy Carthage
, The Great Prize Fight
, and The Taras Report on the Last Days of Pompeii.