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Plataea 479 BC : The Most Glorious Victory Ever Seen

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Plataea was one of the biggest and most important land battles of pre-20th century history. Close to 100,000 hoplite and light-armed Greeks took on an even larger barbarian army that included elite Asian cavalry and infantry, and troops from as far away as India, with thousands of Greek hoplites and cavalry also fighting on the Persian side. At points in the several days of combat, the Persians with their greater mobility and more fluid, missile tactics came close to breaking the Greek defensive line and succeeded in cutting off their supplies. But, in a fatal gamble when he nearly had the battle won, their general Mardonius committed the cream of his infantry to close-quarters combat with the Spartans and their Peloponnesian allies. The detailed reconstruction of this complex battle draws on recent studies of early 5th-century hoplite warfare and a fresh reading of the ancient textual sources, predominantly Herodotus, and close inspection of the battlefield.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 180.34 x 246.38 x 7.62mm | 272.15g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Osprey Publishing
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 b/w; 47 col
  • 1849085544
  • 9781849085540
  • 166,596

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William Shepherd concisely yet vividly recounts one of the largest and most important land battles of pre-20th century history in Plataea 479 BC: The Most Glorious Victory Ever Seen ... The author's detailed reconstruction of Plataea campaign draws from ancient sources (predominantly Herodotus), close scrutiny of the battlefield and fairly recent studies of hoplite warfare. Wonderful color plates by Peter Dennis highlight the illustrations and maps that enliven this 96-page paperback. "Toy Soldier & Model Figure (July 2013)""

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About William Shepherd

William Shepherd studied classics at Clare College, Cambridge, in the 1960s and then embarked on a career in publishing, which finally brought him to Osprey, retiring from the position of chief executive in 2007. He is author of The Persian War (Cambridge, 1982), translated from Herodotus as well as Campaign 222: Salamis 480 BC (Osprey, 2010). He has also written reading books for children and articles in the Osprey Military Journal, of which he was joint editor. He lives in the Cherwell Valley, north of Oxford. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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Table of contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /The campaign to Plataea and Mycale /Plataea /Mycale /After the battles /The battlefields today /Further reading and bibliography /Index

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