The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta

The Persian Challenge
Author(s): Paul Rahe
Original Publish Date: Nov 24, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z100114269
Released: Dec 22, 2015
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ISBN: #9781504664929
Narrator/s: Bronson Pinchot
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More than 2,500 years ago, a confederation of small Greek city-states defeated the invading armies of Persia, the most powerful empire in the world. In this meticulously researched study, historian Paul Rahe argues that Sparta was responsible for the initial establishment of the Hellenic defensive coalition and was, in fact, the most essential player in its ultimate victory. Drawing from an impressive range of ancient sources, including Herodotus and Plutarch, the author veers from the traditional Athenocentric view of the Greco-Persian Wars to examine from a Spartan perspective the grand strategy that halted the Persian juggernaut. Rahe provides a fascinating, detailed picture of life in Sparta circa 480 BC, revealing how the Spartans' form of government and the regimen to which they subjected themselves instilled within them the pride, confidence, discipline, and discernment necessary to forge an alliance that would stand firm against a great empire, driven by religious fervor, that held sway over two-fifths of the human race.


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The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta
Product Number: BX00071777
Product Number:DD8627
Product Number:Z100114269

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Author(s): Paul Rahe
Narrator(s): Bronson Pinchot
Genre: History
Product Number DD8627
Released: Nov 24, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504664981

Professional reviews

"Rahe's scholarly history of Sparta in the Greek and Persian wars makes for a difficult audiobook, and Bronson Pinchot's narration hinders more than helps the listener. His pace is often a beat too quick for a book so densely detailed, especially where the listener, lacking maps, must visualize the geography. He pauses before most names and technical terms on first mention, reading them with a question in his voice, a distracting practice in a text laden with a bewildering number of such words. His narration has many serviceable passages, but at times he varies intonation in ways that obscure the sense, or he inserts pauses that break the flow, then rushes on, making comprehension more difficult. It's a bumpy reading, often hard to follow. W.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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