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
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.
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 *