Salamis 480 BC

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Accounts of history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics and battle experiences of the opposing forces throughout the crucial stages of each campaign

Weeks after the glorious disaster at Thermopylae and some heavy but inconclusive fighting at sea, with Athens now in barbarian hands, the Greeks dramatically halted the Persian invasion. They brought the superior Persian fleet to battle in the straits of Salamis and, through tactical brilliance and ...

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Overview

Accounts of history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics and battle experiences of the opposing forces throughout the crucial stages of each campaign

Weeks after the glorious disaster at Thermopylae and some heavy but inconclusive fighting at sea, with Athens now in barbarian hands, the Greeks dramatically halted the Persian invasion. They brought the superior Persian fleet to battle in the straits of Salamis and, through tactical brilliance and fighting spirit, won a crushing victory. This drove the Persian navy out of the western Aegean and enabled the Hellenic Alliance to combine its manpower in sufficient force to destroy the massive occupying army in the following year. The 5th-century flowering of Greek culture and institutions, and their future legacy, were secured. William Shepherd recreates one of the most important naval campaigns in world history, using historical sources and the findings of archaeological, technological and naval research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846036842
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,413,625
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shepherd studied classics at Clare College, Cambridge, in the 1960s and then embarked on a career in publishing, which finally brought him to Osprey, retiring from the position of chief executive in 2007. He is author of The Persian War (Cambridge, 1982), translated from Herodotus. He has also written reading books for children and articles in the Osprey Military Journal, of which he was joint editor, and makes regular contributions to the Osprey blog. He lives in the Cherwell Valley, north of Oxford.
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Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Chronology 16

Opposing Commanders 18

Persian

Greek

Opposing Forces 24

The trireme

Crew

Performance

Tactics

Numbers

Opposing Plans 40

Persian

Greek

The Campaign to Salamis 45

Xerxes' march into Europe

Artemisium and Thermopylae

Athens: 'mission accomplished'

'Salamis Divine' 63

Before the battle

The night before

'Razor's edge'

'Ocean of disasters'

After the Battle 88

The Battlefield Today 90

Bibliography 92

Index 95

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