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John R. Hale has written for Antiquity, Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American and is currently director of liberal studies at the University of Louisville. David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com.
Noted historian/archaeologist Hale (liberal studies, Univ. of Louisville, KY) provides the first definitive history of the Athenian navy, its spectacular ships, its courageous men, and the epic battles fought to secure the supremacy of Athens. He brings this ancient time clearly into focus, turning what might otherwise have been a dusty history into a riveting tale of victories and achievements. Actor/narrator David Drummond's (Brotherhood of Warriors) easy, pleasant reading provides an unobtrusive backdrop to Hale's tale, which anyone interested in ancient and/or military history is sure to enjoy.-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Historian and archeologist Hale brings both skill sets to bear in this account of an Athens whose golden age and democratic institutions depended on its navy. Between 489 and 322 B.C., Athens built, ruled and lost an empire extending from the Aegean to the Black Sea. The sea permeated every sphere of Athenian life, and most well-known Athenians were identified with sea power: Thucydides and Sophocles commanded fleets. The fleets were based on triremes, reflecting a doctrine favoring the craft and cunning of the steersman and rowers over brute force. Those skills were a product of the commitment and cooperation of free men who played an increasing role in Athenian politics at the expense of those better off and higher born. In times of crisis, all free adult males were expected to board the triremes. Athens's rule of the sea came to an end when a cabal of aristocrats betrayed the fleet to the Macedonians. And that was possible only because the "mysterious spiritual essence" sustaining Athenian effort and sacrifice had been lost as well. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"This is [a] tour de force of historical imagination." ---Adam Nicolson, award-winning author of God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible