The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization
Description: On a late September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada in the narrow Salamis Straits in the most important naval battle of the ancient world. Overwhelmingly outnumbered by the enemy, the Greeks triumphed through a combination of strategy and deception. More than two millennia after it occurred, the clash between the Greeks and Persians at Salamis remains one of the most tactically brilliant battles ever fought. The Greek victory changed the course of we ...more
An overview of the Battle of Salamis with appropriate framing (Ionian Revolt to Artemisium/Thermopylae through the Persian retreat). Strauss draws heavily upon Herodotus and Aeschylus. While his extensive notes and source discussion at the end of the book lists works discussing the accuracy of these accounts, there is little discussion in the actual book, sug ...more
This book begins with a description of the basic ship, the trireme, to help provide the reader with some context. Also, the even ...more
I should have just read Aeschylus:
At first the flood of the Persian host
But when the mass of ships
Crowded into the straits, there was no help for one ship from another,
In fact they were struck by their own bronze-mouthed rams,
And the whole oared armada began to shatter.
"The Battle of Salamis" by Barry Strauss is an excellent source of information about an important naval encounter that occurred between the Persian Empire and the Greeks in 480 B.C. This review will discuss the content of the text, extrapolate the main themes that are offered to the reader, and finally shall critique the sources of information that the author employed throughout his study.
The naval battle that occu ...more
Salamis (an island just southeast of Athens) was, of co ...more
The book has an excellent reference section which I think is reason enough to have the book.
The author's write-up of subject topics within this historical setting appears to be largely a distillation of the reference sources. It is written in a prosaic narrative style directed to a reader who is not a historical specialist - in other words the author strived to make history a colorful relevant topic to the average reader, and ...more
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book; it's been a while since I've read about ancient history and sometimes I struggle with the names of historical figures in ancient empires. However, I couldn't put it down!
A very readable reconstruction of the events leading up to and including the battle that, arguably, saved Western civilization. It certainly contributed to the saving of ancient Greece. Being a reconstruction that, by necessity, is based on conflicting and occasionally unreliable, ancient sources, means that many of the battle details and strategy must be taken with a grain of salt. Strauss is aware of this, however, and frequently reminds the reader that he is presenting ...more
The book is extensively footno ...more
Dai dizer que essa batalha salvou o futuro da civilização ocidental?
Acho que é bem possível, já que a democracia ateniense esteve ameaçada (Atenas foi incendiada, embora a população tenha si ...more
Strauss' prose is imaginative and easy to read. He attempts to bring the important historical players to life with many fictionalized hooks and introductions into each chapter. At times his figurative fictions tend towards the circuitous and often become extremely repetitive. He leads you on tangents that go on for pages before f ...more
Barry Strauss is judicious in his accounting of the historical facts coupled with weighing good vs. bad speculation about the events. He does a good job of filling in the background for those unfamilar with Greek history and places the battle in light of its larger historical significance.
Give excellent backround on the Greek Triremes. Paints a picture of Themistocles as the mastermind behin ...more
Leading historians, respected educators, and fellow authors agree: Strauss's account of this epic battle is a superbly told, historically accurate narrative of one of the most intriguing and dramatic showdowns in naval history. The author, a professor of history and classics at Cornell University, draws on recent work in archaeology, meteorology, and forensic science as well as his own rowing experience to enrich readers' understanding of naval history and ancient culture. A few reviewers found...more
I am glad I read this if only ...more