Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World

Thermopylae The Battle That Changed the World In BC a huge Persianarmy led by the inimitable King Xerxes entered the mountain pass of Thermopylaeas it marched on Greece intending to conquer the land with little difficulty But the Greeks l

  • Title: Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World
  • Author: Paul Anthony Cartledge
  • ISBN: 9781585675661
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 480 BC, a huge Persianarmy, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylaeas it marched on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty.But the Greeks led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans took thebattle to the Persians at Thermopylae, and halted their advance almost.It is oneof history s most acclaimed battles, oIn 480 BC, a huge Persianarmy, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylaeas it marched on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty.But the Greeks led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans took thebattle to the Persians at Thermopylae, and halted their advance almost.It is oneof history s most acclaimed battles, one of civilization s greatest laststands And in Thermopylae, renowned classical historian Paul Cartledge looksanew this history altering moment and, most impressively, shows how itsrepercussions have bearing on us even today The invasion of Europe by Xerxesand his army redefined culture, kingdom, and class The valiant efforts of afew thousand Greek warriors, facing a huge onrushing Persian army at the narrowpass at Thermopylae, changed the way generations to come would think aboutcombat, courage, and death.

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    1. Great book for fans of 300 or just a history buff. I liked it so much I felt compelled to order a Greek salad for lunch.

    2. I'm so disappointed that I have to DNF this book. I have had this sitting on my bookshelf since 2007; I bought it immediately after watching the brilliant 300 at the cinema when I decided I wanted to learn more about the Spartans and that period of history. I was finally going to tick this one off the list in 2018 but actually, I'm just not interested in reading it at all any more. It's been gathering dust on my shelves for eleven years and I found myself bored after one chapter so I'm afraid it [...]

    3. -Sobre las culturas y políticas implicadas, aunque también sobre la batalla.-Género. Ensayo.Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Termópilas (publicación original: Thermopylae. The Battle That Changed the World, 2006), con el subtítulo La batalla que cambió el mundo, es una aproximación a Lacedemonia (Esparta, para que nos entendamos mejor, seguro…) y al Imperio aqueménida, a las Guerras Médicas que enfrentaron a los persas con las ciudades-estado de la Antigua Grecia y a la batalla de las Ter [...]

    4. This is an interesting book to read--and a pretty quick read, too. It is the story of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and the Spartan 300 stood against Xerxes' mighty host at a narrow pass. Ultimately, they were betrayed by another Greek, and Xerxes sent troops by a narrow pathway to outflank the Spartan position. In the end, the Spartans died and the massive army--and accompanying naval force--moved toward Athens and defeat at Salamis to the naval forces of the allied Greek city-states. Cartle [...]

    5. Si me animé a comprar este libro fue porque quería saber más sobre los hechos históricos comprobados, más allá de la dramática versión de los cómics de Frank MILLER, y en la contratapa de esta versión dice: "La descripción que hace CARTLEDGE de la batalla tiene una especial intensidad y fuerza. Una excepcional recreación de uno de los acontecimientos seminales de la historia del mundo"bueno, ya terminé de leerlo, ¡y sigo sin encontrar dicha descripción!, lo que me enseña una vez [...]

    6. Strength in effort if not in numbers. A coalition based not on politics or political co-operation but of an alliance for mutual defense – sworn in by oaths in the name of witnessing gods. The importance here being that this pact is religious and a breach would be sacrilegious to include a sectarian transgression. More than 31 Greek cities formed this alliance – the leaders of this forthcoming battle of the time would be the Lacedaemonians or better known collectively as the Spartans. Leonida [...]

    7. Not rating this because I didn't read it properly, just mined it for information. I wanted to understand the cultural importance of Thermopylae, as I'm teaching my daughters ancient history this year, going into classical history next year, and this was an IMPORTANT BATTLE. To be honest with you, I'm not sure I totally understand the significance that is placed on it. I get the appeal of a tragic, courageous stand of a small city-state against a massive empire, really I do. But given the choice, [...]

    8. After seeing 300 last spring I read Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire, and now I'm on the non-fiction version. This is a professional historian's view of not just the Battle of Thermopylae itself, but the context of the Greek and Persian worlds it fit into. The text is slow-going and tedius in moments, and very little of the book is devoted to the battle (one 10 page chapter, among 200+ pages). That said, it's great background on the political maneuverings between the Greek city states and Grae [...]

    9. If you're a nut for ancient history, or if you were wondering about how close Frank Miller got with 300, this is the book for you. But it's not for the casual reader, so be warned. There's a lot of information that comes are you quickly, all leading you towards understanding more about the famous battle of Thermopylae and why it's still significant 2500 years later.For those of you who don't know - Thermopylae is a narrow pass that runs north-south into Greece and any invader who feels like maki [...]

    10. If you are a student of history, this one is five stars. I gave it three stars because the book was difficult to read because it is written by a British professor. I used the glossary often. Some of the terminology and the Latin or French quotes were beyond me and I couldn't always get the meanings from the context. However, I recommend reading the book just to learn why the Battle of Thermopylae, though a defeat, quickly became a morale victory, and why the Spartans, though taking a suicidal st [...]

    11. I have mixed views about this book. On one level, I thoroughly enjoyed the background information and Professor Cartledges's views about the context for and consequences of the battle. I also enjoyed reading why he considered this to be a battle that changed the world. This book does not spend much time on the battle itself - which makes sense but may well disappoint some readers.Alas, I am not sure that I fully share his conclusions. Especially not when the events of September 11, 2001 and July [...]

    12. Una excelente lectura para una persona, como yo, que quiere adentrarse en la temática de las Guerras Médicas. Cartledge nos acerca a los hechos de la perspectiva de Heródoto [principal referencia histórica en el tema] pero también nos explica el contexto sociocultural del mismo Heródoto, dando así consistencia al relato bélico. Lectura que desmitifica el "greco-centrismo" pero que también nos entusiasma a los amantes de la cultura helénica. También gusta leer las reflexiones del autor [...]

    13. Solo para amantes de la cultura griega. La erudición de Cartledge es asombrosa. Queda claro en este fantástico libro cómo se forjó y desarrolló la batalla que pone los cimientos para la consolidación y evolución de la cultura occidental. Espléndida también la caracterización de la cultura, costumbres y sentimientos del pueblo de Esparta, sin la cual no se entiende la epopeya del escuadrón suicida de los 300.

    14. Well if you want a book that covers everything from the geopolitical context of the battle, to an analysis of the historical sources that record the battle, and even covers the modern day chocolates named after the most famous Spartan in the conflict, then this is the book for you.

    15. Great book. Tough read. Had trouble reading through the last part of the book. Why it had to be such a tragedy?

    16. Estupendo libro para aquellos que nos dedicamos a la enseñanza de la historia. Es un libro que implica conocimientos serios de historia helénica de otra forma se le dificultará la lectura continuada. Buen aporte de mapas y esquemas. Siempre he pensado que en la historia de la humanidad han sido varias batallas las que han determinado nuestros valores Occidentales frente a Oriente: las Guerras Médicas; en la Primera Guerra la batalla de Maratón (490 a.C), en la Segunda Guerra la batalla en l [...]

    17. I was expecting more details in particular about the actual battle of Thermopylae, but it was mostly a sort of overview of the world at that time and what, in particular, led the Spartans to be the ones to fight this suicide mission of a battle, rather than another member of the Hellenic league. It relies heavily on book 7 of Herodotus' histories (the one dealing with the Graeco-Persian wars I take it) and sort of queries into where Herodotus' info might have been exaggerated or false. The first [...]

    18. "This is Lacedaemonia !!!" Is just not quite as Catchy as"This is SPARTA !!!"This book is NOT a theatrical melodramitized Play by Play recollection of the Battle of Thetmopylae; AND it doesn't claim to be. It is also NOT narrating a story; there is no first or 2nd person perspective. This is no romanticized tale of the Lacedaemonians (what the Spartans actually called themselves); they are presented as flesh and blood Humans with their strengths as well as flaws. The Persians are Not presented a [...]

    19. Cartledge, professor of Greek history at the University of Cambridge, examines the famous battle of 480 B.C. Most of us know about the Battle of Thermopylae, where a small Greek army held off a much larger Persian army at a pass in the mountains. The result was defeat for the Greeks with 300 Spartans, led by their king, fighting to the death. Cartledge points out that the brave stand inspired the Greek city-states to keep fighting the Persians and win the final battle. It has been forgotten that [...]

    20. Cartledge argues that the Second Persian Invasion of Greece was a pivotal ideological and cultural moment for world history and the future development of democracy. If Greece had faltered, the seeds of modern democratic society would have surely faltered with it, Cartledge contends, and dramatically altered the future timeline of the Western world's political and societal development. Cartledge's Thermopylae is a thoroughly illuminating and scholarly work, that nonetheless suffers from occasiona [...]

    21. Cartledge does an admirable job of outlining the historical, political, and social causes of the Graeco-Persian conflict. The first 1/3 or so of the book documents both the rise of the Great Kings of Persia down through Xerxes I, and the unique relationship between Sparta and the rest of the Greek city-states. He also delves, in great detail, into the preparations made by Persia starting in 486 BC for the invasion of Greece. However, his story falters a bit when explaining the Battle of Thermopy [...]

    22. As someone who enjoys reading and learning about Greek history and ancient but famous Greek heros, this book is one of my favorite selections from non-fiction. The battle at Thermopylae (Hot Gates) is the most famous military defense story in hitory, a 3 day defense set up by 7,000 Greeks face to face with 300, 000+ invading Persians, the Greeks commitment to freedom against the ancient Persian tyrant Xerxes is very notible in the books of history. The main reason I chose to read this book to no [...]

    23. cartledge does a fine job setting out the causes of the conflict, and the various parties involved in the fighting; more importantly, he puts the battle in its proper context, which is crucial. after all, the fighting itself scarcely rose above the level of a proper skirmishrtledge also addresses at length the role of history, myth, and literature in transforming the battle into a key and defining moment in the western cultural tradition (as well as setting out why it was a turning point in hist [...]

    24. I think this book did a good job of describing the battle, the sources of the limited info on it, and the battle's context. The reviews that say the book is not devoted to the battle are correct, but the subtitle is about how it "changed the world". You cannot understand that without knowing about the world then, and its impact on the world now. You must also understand the biases of the early and later historians and those who have used the battle to support their world view. The book does all [...]

    25. After seeing 300 last spring I read Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire, and now I'm on the non-fiction version. This is a professional historian's view of not just the Battle of Thermopylae itself, but the context of the Greek and Persian worlds it fit into. The text is slow-going and tedius in moments, and very little of the book is devoted to the battle (one 10 page chapter, among 200+ pages). That said, it's great background on the political maneuverings between the Greek city states and Grae [...]

    26. This was a pretty good book about the circumstances and events leading up to the battle of Thermopylae, as well as a good cultural examination of what impact the battle has had upon Western Civilization. Very little time is spent upon the battle itself; but Cartledge brings an enthusiasm for the subject that seems to make that not such a big deal. Apart from comparing and contrasting the Spartan culture with the rest of Greece and beyond, he also offers wonderful insights into the dawn of modern [...]

    27. Interesting subject matter, not an easy read.If you area already familiar with the basics of Greek and Persian history around this time, it will make for a much easier read of this book. It is really obvious that the author is a professor who knows alot about thermopylae and the events that preceded the battle. To the average reader, it's really, really confusing as he tends to jump around alot connecting the dots. I might go back and re-read this book after reading other books on the topic firs [...]

    28. Atrapante y académicamente preciso, este libro nos traslada a la historia de como Esparta y la Batalla de las Termópilas lograron quedar en la memoria colectiva de Occidente. Nos cuenta la verdadera historia detrás de la leyenda de los 300 Espartanos que lucharon en el paso de las Termópilas. Fácil de leer y de un largo razonable. Paul Cartledge es un experto en Esparta, nadie mejor que el para introducirnos al mundo Espartano. Posee mapas y un diccionario con significados de conceptos. Gra [...]

    29. While the unabashedly eurocentric of introduction put me off, this book is turning out to be much more wide reaching and nuanced. Cartledge spends a good half of the book exploring the battle of Thermoplylae and the Spartans in literature, myth, and intellectual tradition. The style is 'informal academic' with occasional flights of outrageuousness, as in: "To him we owe a travelogue of 1447 that outdoes even the second-century Pausanias the Periegete's jeremiad over the lamentable present and hi [...]

    30. Fun book! Not bad for 50 cents at a garage sale. I loved how the author covered the whole history leading up to the battle, the battle itself, then all the effects that the battle has had on our world since then. I particularly loved the chapter on how the ideas and mythology of Sparta and its legendary warriors has become ingrained in our society and laughed when just a few weeks I was invited to go run in what's called the "spartan race". I got to see first-hand exactly how that battle has imp [...]

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