Song of Wrath

Song of Wrath

The Peloponnesian War Begins

Book - 2010
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Song of Wrath tells the story of Classical Athens' victorious Ten Years' War (431-421 BC) against grim Sparta -- the first decade of the terrible Peloponnesian War that turned the Golden Age of Greece to lead. Historian J.E. Lendon presents a sweeping tale of pitched battles by land and sea, sieges, sacks, raids, and deeds of cruelty and guile -- along with courageous acts of mercy, surprising charity, austere restraint, and arrogant resistance. Recounting the rise of democratic Athens to great-power status, and the resulting fury of authoritarian Sparta, Greece's traditional leader, Lendon portrays the causes and strategy of the war as a duel over national honor, a series of acts of revenge. A story of new pride challenging old, Song of Wrath is the first work of Ancient Greek history for the post-cold-war generation. - Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2010
ISBN: 9780465015061
Characteristics: vii, 566 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 02, 2011

If Song of Wrath was a text on a history course, I'd finish it. As it stands, the numerous communities, large and small,all involved with Athens or Sparta, coupled with the relatively few individuals in the story, deaden your interest. That their ancestors preferred raiding each other and competing for status to uniting against the greater enemies across the water, indicates why the Greeks have their current social and economic problems.


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