Review: Marathon, Richard A. Billows

Marathon: The Battle that Changed Western CivilizationMarathon: The Battle that Changed Western Civilization by Richard A. Billows
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Far more than a book on the ancient battle, this novel details the story of Greece for the preceding centuries as well as how Persia and Greece came to a contest of wills in the first place. As such, it is a decent overview of both the cultural and military backgrounds of the two peoples as well as making a decent inroad into separating the fact from fiction. Continue reading “Review: Marathon, Richard A. Billows”

Review: ‘Syracuse 415–413 BC’, Nic Fields

Syracuse 415–413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial FleetSyracuse 415–413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet by Nic Fields
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the narrative here though I wish that Osprey standardised their anglicisation of Hellenic names from title to title. This book, however, provided fresh perspective on an angle of the Peloponnesian War and was quite informative throughout with plentiful quotes and commentary from primary sources. Continue reading “Review: ‘Syracuse 415–413 BC’, Nic Fields”

Review: ‘Ancient Greek Warship: 500–322 BC’, Nic Fields

Ancient Greek Warship: 500–322 BC
Ancient Greek Warship: 500–322 BC by Nic Fields
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While I find this a good introduction to Athenian ships, I find the book does a less good work on actually fulfilling its promise on discussing “Greek” ships. Overall, the ships’ military performance is not very well assessed with Corinth and Corcyra not mentioned except in a few short paragraphs. However, speaking historiographically, some other conclusions Mr Fields made sound more like conjecture than actual science, and I feel that quite a few other books are a better look at Athenian triremes (which is invariably the city and ship this book focusses on) and at least do not pretend to deal with other topics. Continue reading “Review: ‘Ancient Greek Warship: 500–322 BC’, Nic Fields”

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