By Barry Strauss
On a past due September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships confronted an invading Persian armada within the slim Salamis Straits within the most crucial naval conflict of the traditional global. Overwhelmingly outnumbered through the enemy, the Greeks triumphed via a mixture of approach and deception. greater than millennia after it happened, the conflict among the Greeks and Persians at Salamis is still the most tactically remarkable battles ever fought. The Greek victory replaced the process western historical past -- halting the improvement of the Persian Empire and surroundings the degree for the Golden Age of Athens.
during this dramatic new narrative account, historian and classicist Barry Strauss brings this landmark conflict to lifestyles. He introduces us to the unforgettable characters whose judgements altered historical past: Themistocles, Athens' nice chief (and admiral of its fleet), who devised the inventive process that successfully destroyed the Persian military in a single day; Xerxes, the Persian king who fought bravely yet who eventually didn't comprehend the ocean; Aeschylus, the playwright who served within the conflict and later wrote approximately it; and Artemisia, the one lady commander identified from antiquity, who became defeat into own triumph. full of the points of interest, sounds, and smell of conflict, The conflict of Salamis is a stirring paintings of background.
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Now that the Greeks had defeated the Persian fleet, they sailed to Andros and introduced its freedom. yet Themistocles requested the Andrians to pay tribute to his fleet. In different phrases, he instructed them they had, in impression, exchanged one grasp for an additional. The Andrians, who could have been dumbfounded by means of the call for, refused. by no means perplexed, Themistocles acknowledged that Athens had nice goddesses who may call for the cash: Persuasion and Necessity. to not be outdone, the Andrians responded they had nice goddesses in their personal, Poverty and trouble, and will now not pay. The wordplay used to be based however it gave technique to strength. The Greeks laid siege to Andros to be able to get the money they'd requested for. Andros city sat on a steep hill that climbs spectacularly from the ocean to the acropolis, which enjoys a top of approximately 1,250 toes, greater than two times as excessive because the Acropolis of Athens. the town was once safe via a well-built stone wall that hooked up harbor and acropolis. a smart guy could have shuddered at attempting to take a citadel like this through siege. through even trying to triumph over town, the Greeks may simply were attempting to placed the easiest face at the Andrians’ refusal to satisfy their call for for tribute. at the least, the siege couldn't have lasted lengthy, because the Greeks moved on subsequent to Euboea after which Sparta. Then the crusing season was once close to its finish. Andros remained unconquered. but quietly and it sounds as if with out a second of hesitation, the Greeks had began a paradoxical enterprise. If a thinker had requested Themistocles how he may guard Athenian freedom in a single breath and assault Andrian freedom within the subsequent, he may need shrugged off the contradiction. humans on a god-given challenge to free up their place of birth have a tendency to not allow inconsistency cease them. in addition to, the Greeks made no bones concerning the victor’s correct to the spoils. After the conflict of Marathon in 490 B. C. , Athens’s successful commander Miltiades led a naval day trip to the island of Paros. It used to be a Persian best friend and a truly filthy rich island. Miltiades promised his fellow voters gold on Paros. yet their siege of Paros failed. Miltiades was once wounded, and all he acquired for his pains whilst he again domestic was once a jury that imposed an enormous positive on him for incompetence; he might have needed to pay it, yet he died first of his wounds. No ask yourself Themistocles was once relentless at Andros. He definitely didn't unmarried out Andros in his wish for cash. After Sicinnus and his staff again from Phaleron, Themistocles despatched them to the opposite within reach Greek islands that had supported Persia. Their message was once just like at Andros: pay up or endure siege and destruction. Paros, which had held its triremes again from Xerxes until eventually the result of Salamis used to be transparent, yielded to the call for, as did Carystus, a urban in southern Euboea. different islands can have contributed in addition; the proof is uncertain. it might be effortless to criticize Themistocles for extorting cash, particularly simply because he saved it mystery from his fellow Greek commanders. yet do not forget that the entire towns that Themistocles held up had supported the assault on Athens; army was once very pricey to take care of; and that Sparta and the opposite Peloponnesian states have been prepared just a couple of days ahead of to desert each final inch of Athenian territory.