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The Greek Victories and the Persian Ebb 480-479 BC (Hardback)

The Battles of Salamis, Plataea, Mycale and after

Ancient History Military > Pre-WWI

By Manousos E Kambouris
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 52 colour maps, diagrams and illustrations
ISBN: 9781399097802
Published: 28th October 2022

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The dramatic conclusion to this trilogy explains the reversal of fortunes and final defeat of Xerxes’ Persian invasion of Greece; not as unlikely as usually presupposed. The focus is on the successful repulse of the Persian massive armada at Salamis, a resounding naval victory with parallels to the English defeat of the Spanish Armada. Along with the backstage policies and cloak-and-dagger events, the analysis of hard data of naval and military realities and environment shows the reason for this outcome and more so of the closely fought double campaign of the following year that ended the Persian threat. The massive land victory at Plataea that ousted the empire form mainland Greece and crippled its armies, and the amphibious operation at Mycale that destroyed the remnants of the royal Grand Armada and shut the doors to further Persian incursions in Greece is examined in detail. Manousos Kambouris examines in depth the plans, potential, assets and liabilities of the two protagonists to explain command decisions and developments in the field. This is a fine finale to this fresh appraisal of these hugely significant events.

4 out of 5

All in all a very good book with lots of well researched information which would be of interest to anyone with an avid interest in these military campaigns.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This was a good read. I obviously did enjoy this one and definitely fueled more my interest with history. I can't wait to read more of this kind of books.

NetGalley, June Reads

I just finished the book and I must say I am thrilled!
I was already aware of dr. Kampouris' ability to draw conclusions from combining even the tiniest of details from different sources but in this book, his writing skills are also prominent.
The critical approach of the final stage of the Persian wars is not at all meant to belittle the feat of the Allied Greek states as has been attempted in previous years but moreover, it brings scientific proof to a fact that cannot be contested: that the Persian Empire lost, and lost to the underdog of the confrontation.

In summary, I strongly believe that this book is a useful gem for any bookshelf and library.

Nikos Gavrilakis MSc DIC BSc, President of the Hellenic Presidential Guard's Evzones' Society

About Manousos E Kambouris

Manousos E Kambouris has a background in scientific writing, contributing chapters on a wide range of disciplines to various edited volumes and journals. He has been researching Ancient Greek warfare for many years and has published numerous articles in Archeologija Prirodne Na (Archaeology and Science), Ancient Warfare, Military History, War & History, NUOVA ANTOLOGIA MILITARE, Third Eye and Hellenic Nexus. He has written three previous books on Marathon, Salamis and Xenophon’s Ten Thousand. For the past 8 years he has been a historical consultant to the experimental archaeology group Koryvantes, the Association of Historical Studies. In 2022 Pen & Sword published his trilogy on the Greco-Persian Wars to 479 BC (The Rise of Persia and the First Greco-Persian Wars; Persia Triumphant in Greece: The High Tide, 481-480 BC and The Greek Victories and the Persian Ebb 480–479 BC) and in early 2023 will publishThe Trojan War as Military History.

Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea

27th August 0479 BC

Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece


Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces

27th August 0479 BC

Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion


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