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. ladies and youngsters have been despatched to 1 refuge, the aged to a different, whereas all males of army age have been conscripted into the fleet. in this tough yr of exile, the town of Athens used to be set on fireplace now not 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 implications, either fabric and mental, of the ensuing invasion.
Garland introduces readers to the contextual historical past of the Greco-Persian wars, which come with the recognized conflict of Marathon. He describes many of the levels of the invasion from either the Persian and Greek viewpoint and explores the siege of the Acropolis, the defeat of the Persians first by means of the allied Greek army and later by means of the military, and, ultimately, the go back of the Athenians to their land.
Taking its idea from the sufferings of civilians, Athens Burning additionally works to dispel clone of the Persians as ruthless barbarians. Addressing questions which are principally missed in different debts of the clash, together with how the evacuation was once geared up and what sort of amenities have been to be had to the refugees alongside the best way, Garland demonstrates the relevance of old historical past to the modern global. This compelling tale is principally resonant in a time while the scoop is full of the agony of approximately five million humans pushed via civil battle from their houses in Syria. geared toward scholars and students of old background, this hugely available ebook also will fascinate somebody attracted to the burgeoning fields of refugee and diaspora studies.
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