Thermopylae 480 BC: Last Stand of The 300

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Osprey's study of the most epic battles of the Greco-Persian Wars (502-449 BC). Thermopylae resonates throughout history as a battle involving extreme courage and sacrifice. It was in this rocky pass in northern Greece that Leonidas, king of the Spartans and commander-in-chief of the Greek force, delayed the Persian hordes for three days against overwhelming odds. Finally overcome by treachery, the remaining Spartans refused to retreat in the face of inevitable defeat, being slaughtered by the elite Persian ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of the most epic battles of the Greco-Persian Wars (502-449 BC). Thermopylae resonates throughout history as a battle involving extreme courage and sacrifice. It was in this rocky pass in northern Greece that Leonidas, king of the Spartans and commander-in-chief of the Greek force, delayed the Persian hordes for three days against overwhelming odds. Finally overcome by treachery, the remaining Spartans refused to retreat in the face of inevitable defeat, being slaughtered by the elite Persian 'Immortals' down to the last man. Nic Fields vividly describes the battle for the narrow gateway to southern Greece as the combined Greek forces held off the army of Xerxes and Leonidas's sacrifice bought time for the retreat and tactical and political regrouping that would save Greece. Full color artwork, detailed maps and dramatic battle scenes complement clear and authoritative text to provide an in-depth analysis of one of the most famous acts of sheer courage and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds in history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As usual, there are superb images of artifacts from the time, the battlefield as it is today, and the excellent illustrations of artist Steve Noon. Overall, a truly exemplary book on what has to be one of the turning events of history. It is a book that is a must read for anyone who has an interest in history." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (November 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841761800
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 573,534
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. After leaving the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in southwest France. The author lives in Augustin, France.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Origins of the Campaign     8
Chronology     12
Opposing Commanders     13
Leonidas, king of Sparta
The kings of Sparta Xerxes, Great King of Persia
Opposing Armies     21
The Greeks
The Persians
Opposing Plans     47
The Greek plan
The Persian plan
The Campaign Begins     55
The naval battle of Artemision
The Battle of Thermopylae     62
The days before the battle
The first day
The second day
The third day
Between history and legend
After Thermopylae     90
The Battlefield Today     93
Bibliography     94
Index     95
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