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The Tyrants of Syracuse - Vol. II, 367-211 BC (Hardback)

War in Ancient Sicily

Ancient History Colour Books Military

By Jeff Champion
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781848843677
Published: 16th April 2012



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This is the story of one of the most important classical cities, Syracuse, and its struggles (both internal and external) for freedom and survival. Situated at the heart of the mediterranean, Syracuse was caught in the middle as Carthage, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Athens and then Rome battled to gain control of Sicily. The threat of expansionist enemies on all sides made for a tumultuous situation within the city, resulting in repeated coups that threw up a series of remarkable tyrants, such as Gelon, Timoleon and Dionysius.

In this second volume, Jeff Champion follows the course of the city' s wars from the death of Dionysius II down to the final epic siege of the city in 213-211 BC. This ended with the final capture of the city by the Romans, despite the heroic and resourceful resistance of the Syracusans and the ingenious inventions of Archimedes. It is a story full of dramatic battles and epic sieges, heroism and skullduggery.

Volume II of The Tyrants of Syracuse is exactly what I was expecting and hoping for: a continuation of the story of ancient Sicily, told with the same clarity and accessibility as volume I.

Volume II can stand alone as a very illuminating and readable book in its own right, but taken together, the two volumes provide a fantastic and exciting introduction to the entire history of the Ancient Sicilian Greeks and their central role in Mediterranean events.

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About Jeff Champion

Jeff Champion is a Customs and Excise officer in Australia. He has written numerous articles on Hellenistic warfare for specialist journals such as Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients.

His first book, Pyrrhus of Epirus, was published by Pen & Sword in 2009 and received very good reviews.

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