By Jim Lacey
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“A compelling and provocative learn . . . With a soldier’s eye, Jim Lacey re-creates the conflict of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity.”—Barry Strauss, writer of Masters of Command
Marathon—one of history’s such a lot pivotal battles. Its identify inspires pictures of just about superhuman braveness, persistence, and scuffling with spirit. during this eye-opening ebook, army analyst James Lacey takes a clean examine Marathon and divulges why the conflict occurred, the way it used to be fought, and no matter if, in truth, it kept Western civilization. Lacey brilliantly reconstructs the area of the 5th century B.C. major as much as the magnificent army defeat of the Persian Empire via the enormously undermanned Greek defenders. With the type of vibrant element that characterizes the easiest sleek warfare reportage, he indicates how the seriously armed Persian military used to be stunned and demoralized by way of the relentless attack of the Athenian phalanx. He finds the attention-grabbing aftermath of Marathon, how its warring parties grew to become the identical of our “Greatest Generation,” and demanding situations the legacy and classes that experience usually been misunderstood—perhaps, now greater than ever, at our personal peril.
fast, visceral, and entire of recent analyses that defy many years of traditional knowledge, The First Clash is an excellent interpretation of a clash that certainly made the area secure for Aristotle, Plato, and our personal glossy democracy.
“With a clean eye to strategies, technique, and armed forces association, and along with his textual content grounded in direct event of the troops at the battlefield, James Lacey supplies us not just new knowing of the way the Athenians controlled to win but additionally a better appreciation of the start of an extended culture of Western army dynamism that we take without any consideration today.”—Victor Davis Hanson, writer of Carnage and Culture
“Lacey’s swords-and-shields strategy will take up readers ever serious about the recognized battles of antiquity.”—Booklist
“A full of life and lucrative read.”—Charleston put up and Courier
“Exemplary . . . Lacey, a veteran of the 82nd and one hundred and first Airborne divisions and a professor on the Marine struggle university, brings to the story of Marathon the sensible stories of the wrestle soldier and an highbrow sensibility.”—The New Criterion
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6. Ibid. 7. Plutarch in his lifetime of Solon tells this tale and says the poem used to be 100 traces lengthy, yet basically small fragments exist at the present time. Plutarch additionally states that Solon led the excursion opposed to Megara, yet given his age and the truth that different chroniclers make no point out of his participation, this looks not likely. eight. Solon fragment 1–2; see Ivan M. Linforth, Solon the Athenian (Berkeley: collage of California Press, 1919), 129–173. For an account of Salamis, see pp. 249–265. nine. Plutarch’s Lives (New York: glossy Library, 2000). 10. For a great account of Pisistratus (with a special spelling of the name), his relations, and the root of the family’s energy, see A. French, “The social gathering of Peisistratos,” Greece & Rome, 2d ser. , 6, no. 1 (March 1959): 46–57. eleven. This brief comic strip of early Athenian political advancements, of the reforms of Draco, and of the felony process instituted by means of Solon fails to do justice to those and lots of different vital advancements in Athenian society. it is a interesting tale, yet now not actually pertinent to the crucial topic of this paintings. For an individual drawn to pursuing this heritage, see John Boardman and N. G. L. Hammond, eds. , The Cambridge historical heritage, vol. three, half three, the growth of the Greek global, 8th to 6th Centuries B. C. (Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 1992); N. G. L. Hammond, A background of Greece to 322 B. C. (Oxford: Oxford collage Press, 1986); and Bury, ed. , Cambridge historical heritage, vol. four, The Persian Empire and the West. 12. For an outstanding account of this era, see Brian M. Lavelle, reputation, funds, and tool: the increase of Peisistratos and “Democratic” Tyranny at Athens (Ann Arbor: collage of Michigan Press, 2005). thirteen. the precise dates of Pisistratus’s seizure of energy or, for that topic, any of the major occasions of his lengthy profession and people of his sons are nonetheless concerns of dispute. The dates offered listed below are at most sensible assumptions in response to the estimates of diverse students within the box. For an intensive educational learn of the problem, see P. J. Rhodes, “Pisistratid Chronology Again,” Phoenix 30, no. three (autumn 1976): 219–233. 14. Herodotus, 1. sixty one. in response to Herodotus, Thebes gave more cash to Pisistratus’s reason than the other Greek urban. 15. For reference, this can be the 12 months sooner than the Spartans and the Argives all started the struggle that ended in the conflict of the three hundred Champions in approximately 545 BC. sixteen. quickly after the conflict of Marathon, a brand new wealthy vein was once present in those mines, which on the behest of Themistocles used to be used to build a fleet of 2 hundred ships. those ships received the good naval conflict at Salamis a decade later and propelled Athens to empire. The silver from this mine might additionally finance a lot of the Peloponnesian conflict, really after Athens used to be bring to an end from the sales of the Delian League. 17. the significance of this grain alternate turned obvious within the Peloponnesian conflict. even though Athens had suffered many critical setbacks, it was once no longer until eventually their fleet was once destroyed at Aegospotami and so they have been thereby bring to a halt from the Black Sea that they ultimately surrendered instead of starve.