Thermopylae 480 BC

Last stand of the 300

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Thermopylae 480 BC

Last stand of the 300

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Osprey's study of the most epic battles of the Greco-Persian Wars (502-449 BC). Thermopylae resonates throughout history as a battle involving extreme courage and sacrifice. It was in this rocky pass in northern Greece that Leonidas, king of the Spartans and commander-in-chief of the Greek force, delayed the Persian hordes for three days against overwhelming odds. Finally overcome by treachery, the remaining Spartans refused to retreat in the face of inevitable defeat, being slaughtered by the elite Persian 'Immortals' down to the last man. Nic Fields vividly describes the battle for the narrow gateway to southern Greece as the combined Greek forces held off the army of Xerxes and Leonidas's sacrifice bought time for the retreat and tactical and political regrouping that would save Greece. Full color artwork, detailed maps and dramatic battle scenes complement clear and authoritative text to provide an in-depth analysis of one of the most famous acts of sheer courage and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds in history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction/Origins of the campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Opposing plans/The campaign begins/The battle of Thermopylae/After Thermopylae/The battlefield today/Glossary and abbreviations/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Nov 20 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841761800
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 3 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 188
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Nic Fields

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist b…

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Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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