Lords of the Sea

Lords of the Sea

The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

Book - 2009
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The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history. Its defeat of the Persian fleet at Salamis in 480 BCE launched the Athenian Golden Age and preserved Greek freedom and culture for centuries. With Lords of the Sea, renowned archaeologist John Hale presents, for the first time, the definitive history of the epic battles, the indomitable ships, and the men-from extraordinary leaders to seductive rogues-who established Athens's supremacy. With a scholar's insight and a storyteller's flair, Hale takes us on an illustrated tour of the heroes and their turbulent careers and far-flung expeditions and brings back to light a forgotten maritime empire and its majestic legacy.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670020805
067002080X
Call Number: 938.04 HALE
Characteristics: xxxiii, 395 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Athens (Greece) -- History, Naval.
Naval history, Ancient.
Democracy -- Greece -- Athens -- History -- To 1500.

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Charlie68
Mar 22, 2016

Good down on the ground book or in this case on the sea, as the reader travels with wily Athenians on their triremes battling against the enemy. Mr. Hale keeps the reader entertained as we travel during this era.

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