Ancient History & Civilisation

Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World

Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World

In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors, took the battle to the Persians and nearly halted their advance.
 
Paul Cartledge's riveting, authoritative account of King Leonidas and the legendary 300 illuminates this valiant endeavor that changed the way future generations would think about combat, courage, and death.

Timeline

Family Tree of the Achaemenid Royal Family - Maps

PROLOGUE: SETTING THE AWFUL SCENE

Chapter 1. THE ANCIENT WORLD IN 500 BCE: FROM INDIA TO THE AEGEAN

Chapter 2. THE DYNAMICS OF EMPIRE: PERSIA OF THE ACHAEMENIDS, 485

Chapter 3. HELLAS: THE HELLENIC WORLD IN 485

Chapter 4. SPARTA 485: A UNIQUE CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Chapter 5. THERMOPYLAE I: MOBILIZATION

Chapter 6. THERMOPYLAE II: PREPARATIONS FOR BATTLE

Chapter 7. THERMOPYLAE III: THE BATTLE

Chapter 8. THE THERMOPYLAE LEGEND I: ANTIQUITY

Chapter 9. THE THERMOPYLAE LEGEND II: FROM ANTIQUITY TO MODERNITY

EPILOGUE: THERMOPYLAE: TURNING-POINT IN WORLD HISTORY

Appendix 1: The Invention of History: Herodotus and Other Ancient Sources

Appendix 2: Herodotus’s Persian Muster-Lists: A Translation

Appendix 3: Herodotus – Antidote to Fundamentalism

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