Two Deaths at Amphipolis (ePub)
Cleon vs Brasidas in the Peloponnesian War
This original book looks in detail at arguably the two most significant characters on either side in the middle years of the great Peloponnesian War and the showdown in and around Amphipolis that led to both their deaths in 422 BC.
The Spartan commander Brasidas was already a veteran of many campaigns when he headed for the strategically important northern theatre. Cleon was the key hawk in the Athenian assembly who led his fellow citizens in a major effort to counter the impact that Brasidas was having in the north. The two finally clashed in battle outside the Athenian colony of Amphipolis which Brasidas had by then captured (the great historian Thucydides being exiled for his failure to defend it). The Spartans won but both men died in the fighting, their passing having far-reaching consequences for the subsequent course of the war. By focussing on the fatal duel between Brasidas and Cleon, and drawing on all available sources to supplement Thucydides' seminal account, Mike Roberts offers a valuable new perspective on the Peloponnesian War.
I have actually read this book about two times in the short time I have had it. This was mainly because it really gives the best information on the beginning of the Peloponnesian War. The book is also very clear and concise on the above history. I have read other books by the author and am looking forward to reading many more. Mr. Roberts co-wrote the two volume 'The Wars of Alexander's Successors'. He also wrote 'Hannibal's Road', a history of the Second Punic War in Italy. Do yourself a favor and pick up a book of his; you will not be let down.A Wargamers Needful Things
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An interesting book, one to consider if you're interested in the period. I enjoyed it.Slingshot, January - February 2016 - Jim Webster
Mike Roberts’s recent book Two Deaths at Amphipolis: Cleon VS Brasidas in the Peloponnesian War looks at the military aspect of the war and offers a fresh account that is both valuable and enjoyable... this book serves as a worthy introduction to the Peloponnesian War... it is readable, interesting and most of all informative.UNRV - Martin Holmes