Lords Of The Sea : The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

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The Athenian Navy was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world. It engineered a civilisation, empowered the world's first democracy and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history. With LORDS OF THE SEA, renowned archaeologist, John R. Hale, presents, for the first time, the definitive history of the epic battles, the fearsome ships and the men - from extraordinary leaders to seductive rogues - that established Athens's supremacy. With a scholar's insight and a storyteller's flair, Hale takes us on an unforgettable voyage with these heroes, their turbulent careers and far-flung expeditions, bringing back to light a forgotten maritime empire and its majestic legacy.

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'Thrilling... Hale excels in enlivening the details... at once instructive and exciting to go to sea with Hale.' Frederic Raphael, Mail on Sunday, 4-star review

'Confident, energetic... unfurls like a sail.' The Times

'Thoroughly readable.' Peter Jay, Spectator

'Beautifully written... evocative, sometimes magnificent... a masterpiece.' Prof. Brian Fagan Current World Archaeology

'A tour de force of historical imagination.' Adam Nicolson

'To provide a new angle from which to view and understand the experience of the Athenians of the classical age is a remarkable achievement...' Utterly captivating. Donald Kagan

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John R. Hale currently the director of liberal studies at the University of Louisville, is an archaeologist who has conducted extensive underwater expeditions for ancient warships. He has been profiled by NPR and The New York Times and has written for Scientific American, among other publications. He lives in New Albany, Indiana.

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