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The Greco-Persian Wars
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on January 13, 2009
This is a very good book. Green is an excellent writer, and a knowledgeable historian. I read Herodotus, not too long ago (Herodotus: The History)- even supplemented it with the Howe & Wells commentary (A Commentary on Herodotus: With Introduction and Appendices Volume I (Books I-IV) (Commentary on Herodotus, Bks. 1-4) &A Commentary on Herodotus: With Introduction and Appendixes Volume 2 (Books V-IX)). I enjoyed Herodotus greatly, but a contemporary historian, who understands the world view of a modern reader, can make the material much more comprehensible. Green's history is well worth reading.
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on January 2, 2014
I wanted to better understand these wars and the dynamic between Greece and Persia after reading the book of Esther in the Bible. This author is incredibly knowledgeable and detailed and kept my interest. I would not have been able to follow this book as easily before the days of wikipedia and online dictionary for sure! I am a lay person with no prior knowledge of this time in history, but I highly recommend this book! I am an expert now lol.
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on December 28, 2013
Peter Green's book "The Greco-Persian Wars" provides a deep, analytic look at one of the most important periods in ancient Greek history. The book's title is somewhat misleading; the book is mostly concerned with Xerxes' invasion of Greece, the one that included the battles at Thermopylae and Salamis. The invasion under Darius, which was repulsed at the battle of Marathon, is only briefly discussed. The Ionian revolt, which was the first major war between Greeks and Persians, is given barely a page of discussion.

What Green brings most to this history is his intimate knowledge of Greece itself. He knows the places in the book because he lives in Greece. In addition, his research has turned up how the landscape has changed since ancient times, which makes it possible to interpret ancient writers' passages that would otherwise be obscure or misleading.

The book is a military and political history; other aspects of Greek history are not its topic. Reading this book does require some knowledge of Greek history, since Green refers often to historical figures of other eras such as Pericles and Cimon. I recommend "The Greco-Persian Wars" as a good read for anyone interested in early Greek or Persian history.
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The original tile of this book (originally published in 1970) was "The Year of Salamis" for the version published in England and "Xerxes at Salamis" for the version published in the US. Both convey the correct idea that this book is about Xerxes and the Greeks. There is a little (a very little) on the earlier campaign of Darius and the battle at Marathon, but nothing about what went on between Persia and the Greeks after Xerxes invasion. The book covers the whole Xerxes campaign - the naval Battle of Artemisium, the land battle at Thermopylae, the naval battle at Salamis and the land battles of Plataea and Mycale. While interesting, I was hoping for what the title implied - information about the Greco-Persian Wars, not just one of them, but the book does give a rather compete description that one.

The book ends with the Battle of Mycale, but does not go any further in discussing Persia and the Greeks and I was hoping for something more about this. For instance, the book mentions that a peace treaty between the Persians and the Greek was ratified 30 years after the events described in the book, but provides no other details. There is no discussion of the subsequent alliance between Sparta and the Persians, or of Sparta's abandoning the Greek colonies in Asia to the Persians, and how Sparta used this alliance with Persia to eventually defeat Athens in the Peloponnesian war. I found the book to be somewhat dry and highly academic, with much of the text devoted to discussions of which ancient source provided what Professor Green believed was the most accurate presentation of the history. It contains 12 maps, but I found them to be less helpful than I would have liked. They were crowded with place names, but often neglected to include those mentioned in the text. There was no overall map of Greece from which to gain an overall perspective of what was going on.

If you want an excellent book that covers the naval battles of Artemisium and Salamis, I highly recommend Hale's "Lords of the Sea". It is an excellent book that makes the history of the time come alive in a way that Green's book does not. However, Green's book is fine if you want the academic details of the Xerxes-Greco campaign.
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on November 24, 2014
This is an exception book. It is the best non-academic book on the subject which I have read in thirty years. Exceptional detail, great footnotes and a very good bibliography. Highly recommended! Robert R. Fuentes
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on July 28, 2015
Was actually used as a textbook for a class on the Persian invasions of Greece. Book was, I thought, very well written. Probably won't be so enjoyable if you don't have an interest in the subject matter. :-)
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on December 12, 2005
This account was an adventure to read. I had trouble putting it down. Peter Green is by no means boring or mundane in his narration. Highly recommended!
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on February 3, 2006
Peter Green obviously did his home work and is an expert on the Greco-Persian Wars. Having lived in Greece his knowledge of Greek geography is superb. These are tremendous strengths of the book.
However, there are some mighty big weaknesses. For one so knowledgeable of Greek geography, his maps are awful. Perhaps the worst maps I have ever seen in a military history. A knowledge of Greek geaography is assumed by the author. You need seperate maps to follow his descriptions. Good maps are essential to an understanding of the narrative.
This is an academic book for academics, not for the layman or specialist in another field of history like myself. A working knowledge of the literature is assumed especially Herodotus.
Most annoying is that instead of simply telling the story of what happens he cuts back and forth between a chronological narrative and an analysis of the sources and literature. Often times he jumps ahead to analyze what happened and the sources before telling what actually happened. It would be much better if he simply explained what happened and then analyzed the sources and literature. Much of his analysis of the literture could have been shifted to the footnotes and some of the longer analysis could have been included in an appendix. But to analyze an event before explaining the event is a style very hard to follow.
As one reviewer noted below, his use of Latin phrases is confusing and annoying. He seems to be showing off his knowledge of Latin. Well, it was mostly Greek to me. Several times he uses the word mole which he places on a map. No where can I find his definition or description of the term. I asked three historians who are nationally known in their field what the term means. None of them knew.
While many academics specializing in this field will appreciate his work, layman and historians specializing in other periods of history will have trouble with the author's style.
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on March 24, 2007
History books should be interesting and supported by facts. Peter Green's Greco-Persian Wars scores well on both counts. He combines the historical fact with a narrative that maintains the reader's interest.
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on November 29, 2011
This is quite simply the best non-fiction book I had read in a three year span (when I read it). Green does an excellent job of detailing the events, personalities, and consequences of the wars without losing the human element or impact on the world.
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