Warehouse Stock Clearance Sale

Grab a bargain today!

The Persian War


Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

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

Promotional Information

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.

About the Author

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 *
The bulk of the book closely follows Herodotus' narrative, combining translated passages (these are very well done) with accurate precis of the intervening narrative. Flesh and muscle to these mighty bones are added in two ways: first, by texts from other sources which enlarge on Herodotus' account, and second by discussions of the historical problems which have kept scholars arguing for over 2000 years.... It is not easy to combine the words of Herodotus with other ancient sources and personal commentary, but S. does so masterfully, without overloading or confusing the reader. S.'s judgement too about what to comment on is also sure.... Finally, it all adds up to an exciting, highly informative and also very enjoyable read: S. writes with clarity and verve. The bargain of the year at the price, this book should find its way into the hands of all schools, universities and lovers of Herodotus. S. has done the ancient world's most appealing historian proud. -- Peter Jones * Classics for All *
Both extracts - Herodotus, Shepherd - are engagingly direct, and so it is throughout the entire account. From the point of view of the general reader, here is a deeply fascinating story, and a splendidly readable book. -- Michael Rodgers * Valley News *
A scholarly yet highly readable volume combining ancient history with modern research into the modes and methods of classical warfare on both land and sea -- Robert Guttman * Historynet *
The Persian War, In Herodotus and Other Ancient Voices is a very good read for anyone interested in the period, and a particularly good introduction to these events for the novice. * StrategyPage *

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » History » Ancient » Greece
Home » Books » History » Middle East » General
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 8% commission by selling The Persian War: A Military History on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top