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In the channel between the Island of Salamis and the Greek mainland on a September morning in 480BC, two of the greatest civilisations the world has seen collided -The war which had raged for twenty bloody years reached crisis point. The Persians, led by Xerxes, had invaded Greece and taken half of it. The Greeks stood poised to strike back, but with only 370 ships facing an armada of almost 700 Persian vessels, the odds were not good. Salamis tells the gripping story of one month in 480BC, when the ancient world trembled at the outcome of the largest land / sea invasion ever attempted. And nothing would be the same ever again.
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'This is a superb volume by a dazzlingly brilliant historian at the height of his powers' -- Frank McLynn, Literary Review
"Salamis" tells the story of possibly the greatest naval battle of the ancient world. Involving hundreds of thousands of combatants and well over a thousand triremes - the ranking naval war engine of the time - it was the culminating battle in a twenty-year struggle between the Persian Empire and the Greeks. Against all odds - and with the help of a little treachery, a brilliant strategy and a lucky wind - the Greeks defeated the Persians, and with it began the roll-back of the Persian Empire, and the beginning of the Hellenic imperium. This epic tale is told through the individual stories of twelve characters, six form each side, each of which played a major role in the battle and its aftermath.
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- Publication date2005
- ISBN 10 0099451921
- ISBN 13 9780099451921
- Number of pages384