The Greek and Persian Wars 499-386 BC / Edition 1

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Overview

This book covers one of the defining periods of European history. The series of wars between the Classical Greeks and the Persian Empire produced the famous battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis, as well as an ill-fated attempt to overthrow the Persian king in 400 BC, which helped to inspire the conquests of Alexander the Great. To tell the story of these momentous events, of the lives of great men and women, of the societies and cultures that produced them, and to explain how and why they came into conflict was the aim of Herodotus, the 'Father of History', whose account of the wars is our principal source and the first book to be called a 'history'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415968546
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,389,231
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Philip de Souza FRHistS studied History and Classics at Royal Holloway College, London. He is the author of Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge, 1999), plus numerous articles and essays on Greek and Roman history. He is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare and is currently finishing a book on Ancient Naval Warfare, to be published by Routledge. He is Lecturer in Classics at University College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 8
Background to War: The coming of the Persians 9
Warring sides: Persia, Sparta and Athens 19
Outbreak: Dareios sends an expedition to Greece 30
The fighting: Xerxes' invasion of Greece 40
Portrait of a soldier: Aristodemos the Spartan 75
The world around war: Persian Architecture 80
Portraits of civilians: Demokedes and Demaratos 83
How the wars ended: The Greeks attach the Persian Empire 88
Conclusion and consequences: The Peloponnesian War 90
Further reading 93
Index 94
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