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Excellent one-volume analysis of Marathon 25 août 2010
Par Mark P. Johnson - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
An excellent and highly readable analysis of what may be the most significant battle in Western history. If the Athenians had not won at Marathon, it is easy to conclude that Athens' young democracy would have fallen and Greece with it. Peter Krentz does a fine job in telling the reader that, but I found more interesting his analysis of why Athens won the battle. He uses a practical approach to debunk many scholars' skepticism about the battle tactics, especially the famous running charge at the Persian lines. Many have said that the Athenian hoplites could not have run a mile in full battle gear and gone straight into the fight. By using a simple, practical tool, Krentz proves that the Athenians not only could have done it, but they undoubtedly did.

Many books of this type are short on useful illustrations. This book has an excellent mix of old and new maps, old engravings, new pictures, and even satellite imagery; the combination of these images provides the reader with a nearly three-dimensional view of the battlefield.

For amateur historians (like me), Krentz' book and Barry Strauss' Battle of Salamis make a good book-end combination on the Persian Wars. It is interesting that both Krentz and Strauss trained under Donald Kagan, whose four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War may be the finest work of history published in decades. Taken together, these books provide any reader with a fine history of the ups and downs of Athens in the golden age of the 5th Century B.C. And they are all accessible to the non-academic reader. I recommend these books.
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The best Marathon book 7 octobre 2011
Par Christian G. Cameron - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Peter Krentz's book on Marathon is, I think, the best synopsis of the available evidence on the market. I am a fairly serious amateur historian; I read Ancient Greek, I know the sources, and I recently helped put together the 2500th Anniversary reenactment at Marathon. And, of course, I wrote a novel about it... Prof Krentz has provided some new evidence, especially new images from the Persian world, while reviewing the available evidence and even the historiographical evidence. Balanced, very informative, and careful, I appreciate Krentz's approach, his willingness to use all forms of evidence (archaeology, textual, and even the views of skilled reenactors.

And the book is a pleasure to read. I read it in two sittings; Krentz is not just a good historian but a good author. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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Marathon 6 novembre 2010
Par mark peele - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I read this book on a recommendation and must admit I was greatly pleased by book's content and style. Not an academic, I found Krentz's approach both readable from the point of view of view of a casual military history devotee and at the same time providing details from the ancient sources in a manner that never lost my interest. Krentz take great pains to place the battle in the proper framework of the evolving struggle between West and East. He provides indepth descriptions of all the important figures of the battle both on the strategic level (ex Darius) and the tactical level (ex Miltiades). The book offers an excellent treatment of the events leading up to Marathon in a flowing and interesting sequence. Then Krentz begins to analyze the details of the actual combatants. Conjectures about armamants and tactics based on both ancient source material and modern day studies of physiology or materials make for compelling reading. The description of the ancient topography of the battle and the location on the plain of Marathon of the major fighting is pivotal for understanding the battle. To me this is some of the most original analysis in the book and sets the stage for his description of the day of the battle and outcome itself. I felt completely prepared to see the battle unfold on the final pages of the book with an almost I was there feeling during the narrative. Bravo.
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No Maps! 29 octobre 2010
Par Jack - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The electronic edition omits all of the military maps. What good is a military book with no maps?
Don't buy the Kindle edition. It's a ripoff.
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Excellent use of critical historical methods 2 juillet 2011
Par Scott Williamson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Peter Krentz's crisp, readable history, The Battle of Marathon, is an outstanding example of how a historian at the top of his craft uses a wide variety of critical methods to illuminate one of the most important military events in world history. Krentz knowlegeably identifies the political, relational and economic events, decades in developing, that resulted in the Greek and Persian forces meeting in the Battle of Marathon in 490BC. His work not only draws from all of the primary historical sources, but also critically assesses the strengths and weaknesses in the available academic literature, thus allowing the reader to appreciate Krentz's informed opinions about the events leading up to and surrounding the battle. In addition, Krentz draws upon interdisciplinary studies to inform his treatise. Thus, for example, Krentz accounts for changes in geography over the course of 2,500 years in critically assessing how the ancient battlefield likely differs from the plain of Marathon seen today. Krentz also questions and effectively rebuts long-held assumptions about how the Athenian hoplite infantry was armed and armored, and how the hoplites likely managed their audacious attack upon the presumptively superior Persian invading forces. The concise history is thought-provoking and compelling, and a must read for not only military and ancient Greek scholars, but also lay readers of history.
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