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|Title: The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece and Western Civilization|
By: Barry Strauss
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 9.2 X 6.2 X .8 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
Stock No: WW3244516
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.
-- Bernard Knox, The Washington Post Book World
"In the hands of Cornell University historian Barry Strauss, the story of the battle is a military epic of the first order."
-- Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe
"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."
-- Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter
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