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    DescriptionDuring the Peloponnesian War the Athenians occupied the promontory of Pylos to counter Sparta's repeated invasions of Attica. Over two days of fighting the small garrison beat off the Spartan army and the returning Athenian fleet won a crushing victory in the nearby waters, stranding a contingent of elite Spartan hoplites on the island of Sphacteria. With the campaigning season drawing to a close the Athenians mounted an attack on the island using an unconventional amphibious night assault they overran the Spartan outpost covering the beaches and light-armed missile troops landed at daybreak in overwhelming numbers. The Spartans were slowly driven back to their stronghold, losing men steadily as they were prevented from engaging in the hand-to-hand fighting at which they excelled. With their commander dead and his deputy incapacitated by wounds, the 292 survivors surrendered. This was a surprising blow to the Spartans' glorious reputation, and these prestigious prisoners-of-war served the Athenians very well as bargaining counters in the diplomatic activity that punctuated the hostilities that continued for the next four years.


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    Title
    Pylos and Sphacteria, 425 BC
    Subtitle
    Sparta's Island of Disaster
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Shepherd, Illustrated by Peter Dennis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 184 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 300 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781782002710
    ISBN 10: 1782002715
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    LC classification: DF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS042000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC23: 938.05
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    75 MONO, 13 COL
    Publisher
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    24 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Osprey
    Author Information
    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. He has also written reading books for children and articles in the Osprey Military Journal, of which he was joint editor, and makes regular contributions to the Osprey blog. 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.
    Table of contents
    Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index