By Robert Garland
Between June 480 and August 479 BC, tens of hundreds of thousands of Athenians evacuated, following King Xerxes’ victory on the conflict of Thermopylae. forsaking their houses and ancestral tombs within the wake of the invading Persian military, they sought shelter in a foreign country. girls and youngsters have been despatched to at least one shelter, the aged to a different, whereas all males of army age have been conscripted into the fleet. in this tough yr of exile, town of Athens was once set on hearth no longer as soon as, yet two times. In Athens Burning, Robert Garland explores the explanations at the back of the choice to desert Attica, the peninsular area of Greece that comes with Athens, whereas reading the results, either fabric and mental, of the ensuing invasion.
Garland introduces readers to the contextual heritage of the Greco-Persian wars, which come with the recognized conflict of Marathon. He describes some of the phases of the invasion from either the Persian and Greek perspective and explores the siege of the Acropolis, the defeat of the Persians first by way of the allied Greek military and later through the military, and, ultimately, the go back of the Athenians to their land.
Taking its suggestion from the sufferings of civilians, Athens Burning additionally works to dispel just like the Persians as ruthless barbarians. Addressing questions which are principally overlooked in different debts of the clash, together with how the evacuation used to be geared up and how much amenities have been to be had to the refugees alongside the way in which, Garland demonstrates the relevance of historical background to the modern international. This compelling tale is principally resonant in a time whilst the scoop is full of the discomfort of approximately five million humans pushed by way of civil struggle from their houses in Syria. aimed toward scholars and students of historic background, this hugely available e-book also will fascinate somebody attracted to the burgeoning fields of refugee and diaspora studies.
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Athens Burning (Witness to Ancient History) by Robert Garland