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A stirring history of the world's first dominant navy and the towering empire it built
The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history. Its defeat of the Persian fleet at Salamis in 480 BCE launched the Athenian Golden Age and preserved Greek freedom and culture for centuries. With Lords of the Sea, renowned archaeologist John Hale presents, for the first time, the definitive history of the epic battles, the indomitable ships, and the men-from extraordinary leaders to seductive rogues-who established Athens's supremacy. With a scholar's insight and a storyteller's flair, Hale takes us on an illustrated tour of the heroes and their turbulent careers and far-flung expeditions and brings 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 --1 'Confident, energetic... unfurls like a sail.' The Times - '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 --1 'A tour de force.' Adam Nicolson --1About the Author:
John R. Hale studied at Yale and Cambridge before embarking on an archaeological career that includes extensive underwater searches for ancient warships. He has written for Antiquity, Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American and has been profiled by NPR and The New York Times. He has also been featured in documentaries broadcast by The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He is currently the director of liberal studies at the University of Louisville.
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