Selections from Herodotus' History which follow the events of the great war between the Greeks and the Persians. The translated extracts include Herodotus' descriptions of the preparations for war and of the great land- and sea-battles which took place. Linking commentaries explain Greek and Persian strategies and battle manoeuvres. Background information on the ships and on the soldiers fighting in the war is also given.
Introduction; 1. The Ionian revolt; 2. Marathon; 3. The eclipse of Greece; 4. Face your doom!; 5. A fallen king; 6. The foundation-stone of freedom; 7. Blessed island; 8. A wooden wall; 9. Autumn 480 to Spring 479; 10. The battle of Plataea; 11. Final victory; Index of passages translated; Index.