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    The Battle of Marathon (Yale Library of Military History) (Paperback) By (author) Peter Krentz

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    DescriptionHow did the city-state of Athens defeat the invaders from Persia, the first world empire, on the plain of Marathon in 490 BCE? Scholars skeptical of our earliest surviving source, Herodotus, have produced one ingenious theory after another. In this stimulating new book, bound to provoke controversy, Peter Krentz argues that Herodotus was right after all. Beginning his analysis with the Athenians' first formal contact with the Persians in 507 BCE, Krentz weaves together ancient evidence with travellers' descriptions, archaeological discoveries, geological surveys, and the experiences of modern reenactors and soldiers to tell his story. Krentz argues that before Marathon the Athenian army fought in a much less organized way than the standard view of the hoplite phalanx suggests: as an irregularly armed mob rather than a disciplined formation of identically equipped infantry. At Marathon the Athenians equipped all their fighters, including archers and horsemen, as hoplites for the first time. Because their equipment weighed only half as much as is usually thought, the Athenians and their Plataean allies could charge almost a mile at a run, as Herodotus says they did. Krentz improves on Herodotus' account by showing why the Athenians wanted to do such a risky thing.


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    Title
    The Battle of Marathon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Krentz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300177664
    ISBN 10: 0300177666
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: U
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    DC22: 938.03
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027060
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NHG, JWLF
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG, 1FB
    Illustrations note
    32 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    04 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Peter Krentz is W. R. Grey Professor of Classics and History, Davidson College, where he has taught Greek and Roman history since 1979.
    Review quote
    "'Historians, topographers, reenactors, and general readers alike will all be indebted to cutting-edge military historian Peter Krentz's original, insightful, witty, provocative, and brilliantly illustrated account of one of the world's most significant battles ever. 'Marathon' is now not only a magic word but also a magical exercise in ancient historiography.' (Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge) 'Important new evidence, rigorous research and clear-headed analysis are combined to great effect in this original and persuasive study. The best book yet on the fateful events at Marathon.' (Hans van Wees, author of Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities)"