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The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization #2020

The Battle of Salamis The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece and Western Civilization The battle of Salamis in B C was the most important naval encounter of the ancient world In the narrow strait between the island of Salamis and the Greek mainland a heavily outnumbered Greek navy

  • Title: The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization
  • Author: Barry S. Strauss
  • ISBN: 9780743244503
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization By Barry S. Strauss, The battle of Salamis in 480 B.C was the most important naval encounter of the ancient world In the narrow strait between the island of Salamis and the Greek mainland, a heavily outnumbered Greek navy defeated the Persian armada in a brilliant victory that is still studied today The Greek triumph at Salamis stopped the advancing Persians and saved the first democracy inThe battle of Salamis in 480 B.C was the most important naval encounter of the ancient world In the narrow strait between the island of Salamis and the Greek mainland, a heavily outnumbered Greek navy defeated the Persian armada in a brilliant victory that is still studied today The Greek triumph at Salamis stopped the advancing Persians and saved the first democracy in history It made Athens the dominant city in Greece, gave birth to the Athenian empire, and set the stage for the Age of Pericles On the Persian side, the battle of Salamis also featured history s first female admiral and sailors from three continents The Battle of Salamis features some of the most fascinating figures in the ancient world Themistocles, the Athenian commander who masterminded the victory and tricked his fellow Greeks into fighting Xerxes, the Persian king who understood land but not naval warfare Aeschylus, the Greek playwright who took part at Salamis and later immortalized it in drama and Artemisia, the half Greek queen who was one of Xerxes trusted commanders and who turned defeat into personal victory.In his riveting story of this clash on the Greek seas, classicist and historian Barry Strauss offers a new in depth account of the ancient battle Drawing on recent work in archaeology, meteorology, and forensic science as well as on his own experience as a rower both navies were oar powered , Strauss revises our understanding of one of history s pivotal wars and of Herodotus s classic if underrated account of it But in addition to being exciting military history, The Battle of Salamis is also a vivid analysis of ancient culture.

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    1. Description On a late September day in 480 B.C Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada in the narrow Salamis Straits in the most important naval battle of the ancient world Overwhelmingly outnumbered by the enemy, the Greeks triumphed through a combination of strategy and deception More than two millennia after it occurred, the clash between the Greeks and Persians at Salamis remains one of the most tactically brilliant battles ever fought The Greek victory changed the course of western [...]

    2. More like 3.5 Fascinating and well written summary of the Battle of Salamis, a crucial Greek naval win in the Greco Persian War of the 400s B.C The author has made this narrative interesting and not too scholarly for the general reader such as myself We are informed as to the causes of the war, important battles up to that time Artemesium naval battle ending in a draw and Thermopylae, the Spartans last stand in spite of treachery and overwhelming odds Then there are the factors leading up to the [...]

    3. Barry Strauss has written a very accessible account of the second time the Greeks fought off the Persian Empire He spends a good amount of time on the background the Ionian revolt, the general configuration of the Persian court, etc Along the way, we good descriptions of triremes, the geography, and the backgrounds of many of the important people So it s was a little surprising that he spends so little time and descriptive power on Marathon and while talking about the aftermath Plataea But, Stra [...]

    4. An intensely detailed account of the sea battle between the quasi united Greeks, officially under a Spartan commander but heavily influenced by the strategy of Athenian Themistocles, and Xerxes tremendously numerous army Strauss follows Herodotus and other sources, accepting them as reliable for the most part, but sweetening the account with hundreds of details from modern scholarship about the prevailing winds, manners of dress, the physical requirements of rowing a trireme, and so forth.It s [...]

    5. Went down like a watered down Diet Coke another book that should have been fifty pages but was not, because, as someone once told me, They don t sell essays I should have just read Aeschylus At first the flood of the Persian hostHeld firm But when the mass of shipsCrowded into the straits, there was no help for one ship from another,In fact they were struck by their own bronze mouthed rams,And the whole oared armada began to shatter.

    6. I read this in anticipation of 300 Rise of an Empire I studied Classics in college, so I went into this book with a knowledge advantage An overview of the Battle of Salamis with appropriate framing Ionian Revolt to Artemisium Thermopylae through the Persian retreat Strauss draws heavily upon Herodotus and Aeschylus While his extensive notes and source discussion at the end of the book lists works discussing the accuracy of these accounts, there is little discussion in the actual book, suggesting [...]

    7. To the layman the Persian Greek war consisted of only a few very important battles when in reality it consisted of many One of the most underrated of these unknown encounters is the battle that took place in the Salamis straits between the island of that same name and the Attica coastline Instead of focusing on the popular battles of Thermopylae or Marathon, Barry Strauss gives us an in depth snapshot of the days leading up to that late September day in 480 B.C along with a detailed account of w [...]

    8. Barry Strauss The Battle of Salamis provides a good rendering of this important sea battle that turned back the invasion of Greece, led by Persian King Xerxes After breaking through the defensive position of the Spartans at Thermopylae, the Persian army then moved southward and sacked Athens All that stood between Xerxes and the taking of Greece was the Greek fleet This book begins with a description of the basic ship, the trireme, to help provide the reader with some context Also, the events le [...]

    9. Mr Strauss, in this book, describes the events and personalities that surround one of the greatest naval battles in the ancient world And yet, this book is than that Despite it s short page count, this is perhaps one of the best summations of the Persian Greek War of 480 B.C Mr Strauss builds up the tension in the first half of the book by describing both the Greek and Persian strategies and battles that led up to Salamis He interweaves court and democratic politics, religion, and history to pu [...]

    10. A rip roaring true tale of triumph in the face of adversity Strauss does indulge in a bit of fantasy when he describes how certain historical figures felt at a given moment and on a given day But this adds to the story rather than subtract ting from it If you enjoy a quick read about ancient Greek history and want to learn about a battle that changed the world This is a book for you It also appeals to those who know Greek history, but feel the traditional teaching is dry Hence the authors fanta [...]

    11. Amazingly well written, it relies on historical and ancient cultural details norms to help the characters and scenes come to life It addresses the challenges of studying and writing ancient history, and explains the rivalries which led to different accounts of Salamis in Greek texts.I wasn t sure if I d like this book it s been a while since I ve read about ancient history and sometimes I struggle with the names of historical figures in ancient empires However, I couldn t put it down

    12. Interesting stuff, and generally well written Unfortunately, it should have been about a third of it s final length Strauss repeats himself frequently, and his desire to get into deep, speculative detail ends up lessening credibility This was a well written book than just had too much of itself.

    13. This is an outstanding look at a critical battle in the history of western civilization Very well researched and equally well written it gives us a glimpse into the personalities who had a disproportionate influence on the development of western civilization.

    14. I loved it, but then I m horribly partial to this stuff Not particularly nuanced but an accurate and riveting account It won t take you two months and a history PHD to finish it, either.

    15. Thsi book is not about food It is instead the story of a naval battle between Greek and Persian forces, the result of which was the Athenian empire

    16. TL DR X Posted review I wrote for a number of years ago I liked the book The Battle of Salamis by Barry Strauss is an excellent source of information about an important naval encounter that occurred between the Persian Empire and the Greeks in 480 B.C This review will discuss the content of the text, extrapolate the main themes that are offered to the reader, and finally shall critique the sources of information that the author employed throughout his study.The naval battle that occurred at Sala [...]

    17. Barry Strauss is a master of the you are there style of popular historical writing His books are accessible and gripping narratives about discrete historical episodes, including Spartacus, the Trojan War, and the death of Caesar I m a fan, of course I ve read most of his books, and I m working on finishing the rest The Battle of Salamis was the first popular book written by Strauss, and it well deserves the praise often heaped on it.Salamis an island just southeast of Athens was, of course, the [...]

    18. He was the last Athenian He sits on the quarterdeck of his trireme Though tall and limbered, he has put on weight A man sits in a small wooden book Stripped of its helmet, Leonidas s head is framed by its long hair She sits wrapped in a flowing linen tunic He stands in the doorway of the throne room And so on Every one of the thirteen chapters plus the prologue and the epilogue open in such fashion With the use of such novelistic affectations, one could be forgiven for thinking that Barry Straus [...]

    19. review The Battle Of Salamis Barry Strauss 1 14 154 starsThe book has an excellent reference section which I think is reason enough to have the book.The author s write up of subject topics within this historical setting appears to be largely a distillation of the reference sources It is written in a prosaic narrative style directed to a reader who is not a historical specialist in other words the author strived to make history a colorful relevant topic to the average reader, and not a collection [...]

    20. Just before dawn on 25 September 480 BC, a Persian armada sailed out of the harbour at Phaleron, just along the coast from Athens The ships took up position at the entrance to some narrow straits between the Greek mainland and an island called Salamis, where the Greeks had taken refuge Their fragile alliance, so the Persians had been told, was on the brink of collapse All they needed was to provoke panic the Greeks would crumble And well, it didn t quite happen as planned What unfolded over the [...]

    21. A good overview of the Battle of Salamis with various historical and cultural background information along with some judicial artistic licence historical speculation to bridge those areas that are reliable historically Recommended if you are into Ancient History, Western Civilization, or Military History.

    22. Excellent maps They meet the basic criterion of maps in a book that is not an atlas when a geographical location that the reader is not familiar with is encountered, there is a map in that same book preferably near the mention in text that shows where it is But the majority of books do not do this This book does

    23. A book worthy it s title It is actually centered around the battle of Salamis and is detailed enough of the events before and after that is required There are a lot of maps connected with the text that evolve with the events which makes it easy to follow along with the battles Good shit, Top Kek

    24. Stifling in the August heat, even at night, Artermisium is a hub of activity Seen by the light of bonfires, fifty thousand men are at work here racing to patch damaged equipment, there hauling the bodies of the dead onto pyres, at one point filling water jugs and wineskins at the sprint, at another point leaving messages as disinformation for the enemy, who is close behind them Some men are buckling on bronze helmets, others are tightening the leather straps of the arrow cases they carry on thei [...]

    25. I try to read everything Barry Strauss writes because I not only learn something, but I am entertained as well The Battle of Salamis is another excellent example of Strauss ability to weave together what is know of the battle and bring the context and characters to life.

    26. True rating 4.5 stars.A very readable reconstruction of the events leading up to and including the battle that, arguably, saved Western civilization It certainly contributed to the saving of ancient Greece Being a reconstruction that, by necessity, is based on conflicting and occasionally unreliable, ancient sources, means that many of the battle details and strategy must be taken with a grain of salt Strauss is aware of this, however, and frequently reminds the reader that he is presenting what [...]

    27. This book focuses on the three weeks between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis, possibly the most important time period in world history This was the decisive month in the Persian War, when the Greeks, led by Athens and Sparta, defeated the most powerful empire the world had yet known, Xerxes Persian Empire Had this month gone differently, the Persians would likely have wiped out the Greeks, and thus destroyed Western Civilization in its cradle.The book is extensively footnoted [...]

    28. O livro tem uma descri o envolvente Strauss investiga e pondera detalhes que fizeram de uma batalha naval praticamente perdida, uma vit ria que recha ou a tentativa de domina o Persa e livrou a maioria das cidades estado que formavam a Liga de Delos de serem subjulgadas pelo Rei Xerxes, o Rei dos Reis Dai dizer que essa batalha salvou o futuro da civiliza o ocidental Acho que bem poss vel, j que a democracia ateniense esteve amea ada Atenas foi incendiada, embora a popula o tenha sido evacuada p [...]

    29. I think this book is an amazing take on the Persia Vs Greece battle which took place in the waters of Salamis many, many years ago Thermopylae had just ensued and the famed, though doomed, resistance put up by the 300 incredibly brave Spartan warriors had galvanised the Greek forces into rising above their petty diplomatic squables and uniting as one to take on the far mightier at least in number Persian forces The book also confirms a number of anecdotes which can be found in the movie 300 , e. [...]

    30. This book tied together a lot of loose threads in my head Half remembered history and assumptions were cleared up and corrected for me The preparation, sacrifice and determination that went into winning the war against Persia is elucidated in a delightfully clear and interesting manner in this book He does a good job of telling the story, warts and all for both sides The ironies abound, but the power of having citizens fight for their own freedom is the key force multiplier that defeated an incl [...]

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