Thermopylae The Battle That Changed the World

ISBN-10: 1400079187

ISBN-13: 9781400079186

Edition: 2007

Authors: Paul Cartledge

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In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors, took the battle to the Persians and nearly halted their advance. Paul Cartledge's riveting, authoritative account of King Leonidas and the legendary 300 illuminates this valiant endeavor that changed the way future generations would think about combat, courage, and death.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 1979; he is also a Fellow of Clare College. His undergraduate and doctoral qualifications where obtained at Oxford, where he completed a dissertation on the archaeology and history of early Sparta under the supervision of Professor Sir John Boardman. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of a score of books, including most recently The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece; The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization; Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History c.1300-362 BC; The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others; The Spartans: An Epic History; Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past and Thermopylae: The Battle that Changed the World . He co-edits two monograph series, sits on the editorial boards of three learned journals and serves as consultant in ancient history to Duckworth publishers. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Timeline
Family Tree of the Achaemenid Royal Family
Maps
Prologue: Setting the Awful Scene
The Ancient World in 500 BCE: From India to the Aegean
The Dynamics of Empire: Persia of the Achaemenids, 485
Hellas: The Hellenic World in 485
Sparta 485: A Unique Culture and Society
Thermopylae I: Mobilization
Thermopylae II: Preparations for Battle
Thermopylae III: The Battle
The Thermopylae Legend I: Antiquity
The Thermopylae Legend II: From Antiquity to Modernity
Epilogue: Thermopylae: Turning-point in World History
The Invention of History: Herodotus and Other Ancient Sources
Herodotus's Persian Muster-Lists: A Translation
Herodotus - Antidote to Fundamentalism
Glossary
Bibliography
References
Index
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