Marathon (Ebook)

The Story of Civilisations on Collision Course

Alan Lloyd

The clash of civilisations at Marathon was one of the most renowned military battles of the ancient world and a pivotal moment in the course of Western civilisation.

At Marathon an army of Greek city states, including Sparta and Athens, met the Persian army of Darius. This was the key battle of Western civilisation, for Athens were defending not only their independence but their radical new political form, democracy. Alan Lloyd details the course of Athenian democracy, its religion and culture and the uneasy alliances with other city-states, such as Sparta. Out of this historical background Lloyd brings the battle alive with a story-teller's vitality, evoking the final run of Philippides, the Athenian messenger, who brought the news of the Greek victory back to Athens, a feat now commemorated in the modern marathon.

Publication date: 01/05/2011


ISBN: 9780285640276

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B006WB7K3G

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: History & Classics

Alan Lloyd

Alan Lloyd

Alan Lloyd is the author of more than 30 books, including Destroy Carthage, Marathon, and The Taras Report on the Last Days of Pompeii.