About The Battle of Salamis


Ελληνικά | I Nafmakhia tis Salaminas. (Athens: Livani Publishing, Organization).

Español | La Batalla de Salamina . (Barcelona: Edhasa).

한국인 | Saramas Haejan. (Seoul: Galapagos).

Italiano | La forza e l’astuzia. (Rome-Bari:Laterza).

Português | A Batalha de Salamina. (Rio de Janeiro – São Paolo, Brazil: Editora Record).

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 western history -- halting the advance of the Persian Empire and setting the stage for the Golden Age of Athens.

In this dramatic new narrative account, historian and classicist Barry Strauss brings this landmark battle to life. He introduces us to the unforgettable characters whose decisions altered history: Themistocles, Athens' great leader (and admiral of its fleet), who devised the ingenious strategy that effectively destroyed the Persian navy in one day; Xerxes, the Persian king who fought bravely but who ultimately did not understand the sea; Aeschylus, the playwright who served in the battle and later wrote about it; and Artemisia, the only woman commander known from antiquity, who turned defeat into personal triumph.

Filled with the sights, sounds, and scent of battle, The Battle of Salamis is a stirring work of history.

What Others are Saying

"Let it be said straight way that this is a superb example of the use of scholarship to underpin a fine piece of narrative writing. … This is a superb volume by a dazzlingly brilliant historian at the height of his powers."
Frank McLynnLiterary Review

"Barry Strauss is the Patrick O’Brian of the Persian-Greek war that set the course of western history. He builds a cast-of-thousands classical drama as exciting as any modern epic on a base of astounding detail."
Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter

"This account of [the Battle of Salamis] by a history professor who is an expert on naval warfare with a gift for vivid narrative brings it, in all is suspense, its complications, its surprises and its cast of extraordinary characters, to fervent and turbulent life."
Bernard KnoxThe Washington Post Book World

"Led by a shrewd and bold commander, the sailors of the world’s first democracy — badly outnumbered, their capital destroyed — drew strength from their freedom and crushed the forces of the massive Persian Empire to save the dawning of Western Civilization. Superbly told, and as dramatic as history gets."
James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, and former Director of Central Intelligence

"In the hands of Cornell University historian Barry Strauss, the story of the battle is a military epic of the first order."
Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe

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