The Battle of Salamis: Barry Strauss

This period of history fascinated me when I studied it at school a very long time ago. I may have to get a copy of this book!

The Idle Woman

★★★★

The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece – and Western Civilization

Just before dawn on 25 September 480 BC, a Persian armada sailed out of the harbour at Phaleron, just along the coast from Athens. The ships took up position at the entrance to some narrow straits between the Greek mainland and an island called Salamis, where the Greeks had taken refuge. Their fragile alliance, so the Persians had been told, was on the brink of collapse. All they needed was to provoke panic: the Greeks would crumble. And… well, it didn’t quite happen as planned. What unfolded over the next twelve hours was one of the greatest sea-battles of antiquity, and Barry Strauss’s book brings it to pulsing, vivid life. This isn’t a story of nautical jargon and dry-as-dust tactics: it’s swashbuckling of the first order, set against a mighty clash of civilisations, and populated by a cast of…

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2 thoughts on “The Battle of Salamis: Barry Strauss

  1. Excellent review – and it sounds like a fascinating book. And I don’t read much in this line (a fictional account of an actual battle). If I were younger and still in my omnivorous phase, I would buy this in a flash. Alas, I still have the Battle Cry of Freedom (American Civil War) waiting for me to get to it.

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