It is one of history’s most acclaimed battles, one of civilization’s greatest last stands. And in Thermopylae, renowned classical historian Paul Cartledge looks anew this history-altering moment and, most impressively, shows how its repercussions have bearing on us even today. The invasion of Europe by Xerxes and his army redefined culture, kingdom, and class. The valiant efforts of a few thousand Greek warriors, facing a huge onrushing Persian army at the narrow pass at Thermopylae, changed the way generations to come would think about combat, courage, and death.
The battle of Thermopylae was at its broadest a clash of civilizations; one that momentously helped shape the identity of classical Greece and hence the nature of our own cultural heritage.
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Accompanied by a chronology and many maps (not seen), Cartledge’s account delays the story of the battle itself until midway—a clear, compelling chapter that describes everything from footwear (the Spartans wore none) to shield-design to flanking strategies.| Read Full Review of Thermopylae: The Battle That ...
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