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The Persian War


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Maps List of Illustrations Preface Introduction 'King of kings, ruler of the lands': The Rise of Persia 'The best by far': The Rise of Athens 'The origins of great troubles': The Ionian Revolt 'Grant me vengeance on the Athenians': Marathon 'I will make all lands one land': The Return of the Great King 'Pray to the winds': Artemisium and Thermopylae 'Fire and fierce Ares': The Fall of Athens 'A wooden wall': Salamis 'Razor's edge': Autumn 480 to Spring 479 'The most glorious victory ever known': Plataea 'Freedom first and foremost': Mycale and Afterwards Bibliography and Further Reading Index

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Weaving together the accounts of the ancient historian Herodotus with other ancient sources, this is the engrossing story of the triumph of Greece over the mighty Persian Empire.

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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, where he retired as chief executive in 2007. He is author of The Persian War (Cambridge, 1982), translated from Herodotus, and was joint editor of the Osprey Military Journal. He lives in the Cherwell Valley, north of Oxford.


Distinguished military historian of the Persian Wars William Shepherd [...] shows himself to be also a most sensitive interpreter of those Wars' original historian Herodotus. With Shepherd as our guide and Herodotus by our side this key moment in West-East relations is given its full cultural and strategic due. * PAUL CARTLEDGE, A.G. LEVENTIS SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE *

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