Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy & the Birth of Democracy

Lords of the Sea The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy the Birth of Democracy The epic true story of Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis and a rousing history of the world s first dominant navy and the towering empire it built The Athenian Navy was one of the finest fightin

  • Title: Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy & the Birth of Democracy
  • Author: John R. Hale
  • ISBN: 9780670020805
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The epic true story of Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis, and a rousing history of the world s first dominant navy and the towering empire it built.The Athenian Navy was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world It engineered a civilization, empowered the world s first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that alThe epic true story of Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis, and a rousing history of the world s first dominant navy and the towering empire it built.The Athenian Navy was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world It engineered a civilization, empowered the world s first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history With Lords of the Sea, renowned archaeologist John R Hale presents, for the first time, the definitive history of the epic battles, the fearsome ships, and the men from extraordinary leaders to seductive rogues that established Athens s supremacy With a scholar s insight and a storyteller s flair, Hale takes us on an unforgettable voyage with these heroes, their turbulent careers, and far flung expeditions, bringing back to light a forgotten maritime empire and its majestic legacy.

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    1. I think I would best calssify this book as light historical reading Hale writes in a very accessible, if plain, manner drawing the reader into the story of the ancient Athenian navy by concentrating on the personalities of the age and how they impacted the Athenian fleet Battles were described in a way that was both descriptive but not bogged down in minutia Hale was not afraid to use maps to illustrate battles or political relations, something history books ought to do and he provides a wonder [...]


    2. Wie alt warst Du, als die Perser kamen Kreta, auf dem ich dieses Jahr erneut Urlaub gemacht habe, ist eine Insel Da denkt man automatisch an meeresverliebte Menschen, an minoische Seefahrer Doch die modernen Kreter sind anders, landgebunden, meeresverachtend Die traditionellen Kreter ziehen ins Landesinnere und pflanzen Olivenb ume, und wollen nichts mit dem Meer zu tun haben Eine Ankedote, von unserem lokalen, auf Kreta aufgewachsenen F hrer erz hlt, illustriert das Sein Vater, ebenso auf Kreta [...]


    3. First, get the slaves to dig up the silver at Laurium, then build a fleet, bully your neighbors and become a great democracy or, as my HIST 312 students know full well, maybe not.


    4. Hale has written an engaging history of the Athenian navy during its period of power, from when Themistocles convinced the Athenians to use a silver strike in 483 BC to build the fleet that stopped the Persians until a later Athenian fleet surrendered to the Macedonians after trifling resistance in 322 I think we sometimes get the idea that the Athenian navy did little of note outside of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, but their other wars were also important, lacking only their Herodotus or [...]


    5. The title and back cover initially led me to believe LORDS OF THE SEA was an analysis of how the ancient Athenians decision to navalize ultimately led to adoption of democratic government Instead of analysis, per se, the author, John Hale, embraced a chronological, narrative history approach In so doing, he employs the novelist s method of showing, rather than telling how naval expansion politically empowered the middle and lower classes of Athens.That the author uses a novelistic effect is not [...]


    6. Hale s Lords of the Sea is the history of the Athenian navy Pretty straightforward, so this will be a fairly short review The book is extremely readable, and it wasn t necessary to drag my feet through tons of horribly academic language It moves at a fairly good pace, and only uses 318 pages to cover hundreds of years of history, so there isn t a lot of pointless detail.However.Hale is very obviously in love with the Athenian navy and credits it with every single advancement Athens made He credi [...]


    7. This is a very interesting, albeit lengthy, book It describes the rise of the Athenian navy in the Golden Age, and its role and impact on the concept of democracy Themistocles opined that building a great navy would make Athens a great city state and this proved to be so Although outnumbered badly, Athenian triremes crushed Xerxes Persian fleet at the battle of Salamis in 480BC and set the stage for two centuries of greatness The Athenians battled not only Persians, but Spartans and ultimately M [...]


    8. If only I didn t love Sparta so much I would give this book 5 stars However, it is hard to fully enjoy a book about all of Sparta s nemesis, Athen s victories That said, I really enjoyed the way the John Hale wrote and I can hardly complain about any of literary details of the book.Lords of Sea was a basically a journey through the rise and eventual fall of the Athenian navy, and John Hale also tied this rise of the navy to the rise of the democracy in the world, which may be a stretch connectin [...]


    9. A detailed and yet lively account of the rise and fall of the Athenian navy and, not coincidentally, her role as a great power in the Mediterranean region Professor Hale is probably the leading authority on rowed warships he rowed crew for Yale while studying with Donald Kagan and it shows not only are the campaigns, the strategies and the battles skillfully portrayed, but the techniques of sailing, rowing and fighting an oared galley the ancient Greeks used a triple banked oared ship known as a [...]


    10. Non fiction lost its draw for me years ago, but I read this one because of a you read mine, I ll read yours, kind of deal with a friend.I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it, to the point that I wanted to go out and be an Athenian badass, lol It s difficult to write about a battle so that the lay reader can really follow and grasp it, but through his words and diagrams, John Hale explains the naval maneuvers in a way that made me see them perfectly clearly.More than anything else, however, is [...]


    11. Excellent overview of 5th and 4th century Athenian life as shaped by the Navy Starts with the Persian wars and finished with the final defeat of the Athenians by the successors of Alexander Hale is a good storyteller The book is a little pro Athenian than I like romanticizing democracy, the Persians don t come out looking so well, etc But, his approach as a naval historian is novel and it is an enlightening read on the whole The illustrations are also nicely done I would recommend all of the au [...]


    12. Lords of the Sea is a thrilling account of ancient Athens as seen through the lens of the city state s Navy Hale not only provides masterful accounts of major battles and naval policies, but also shows how the Navy influenced virtually all aspects of Athenian life from theatrical plays to the democratization of government This is an interesting and unique perspective on ancient Athens s glorious heyday.


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    14. This is one of my favorite books that I ve ever read I love Ancient Greek and Roman history, so this was right in my wheelhouse To be honest, when I bought it, I thought it would probably be dry and very academic, which is fine by me, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the fact that this book was as flat out entertaining as it was informative I can t recommend this one enough


    15. John Kagen asked his editor to have Hale write and publish this story of Athens It is was worth the seven years Hale spent completing his research An excellent history that takes one back to Salamis and forward to Periclean and finally Demesthon s Athens A really readable history.


    16. An interesting and very detailed look at the Athenian Navy and its impact on Athenian life from Themistocles and the first attack of the Persians in 490 BC to its final demise under the successors to Alexander in 322 BC.


    17. Fast moving with enough detail to intrigue but not so much that it drags Explains how the development of the navy and naval strategies led to the Athenian dominance of the ancient world Fast paced, skillful narrative.



    18. John Hale s Lords of the Sea is an in depth history of the Athenian thalassocracy from before the Peloponnesian Wars, up until Cleitus, one of the Macedonian successors to Alexander the Great, forced Athens to accept the yoke It is a fascinating read.Hale brings a very specific perspective to this topic as a crew rower, he is perhaps interested in the naval side of Athens than of any other aspect Hale makes a compelling case that Athenian democracy itself had both its roots and its flowering in [...]


    19. Lords of the Sea provides an illuminating account of the rise and fall of the Athenian maritime empire or thalassocracy Author Hale brings three elements to his story a strong narrative voice a provocative thesis and his own experience as a rower, something that gives his tale a distinct personal touch The heart of the maritime empire was the trireme and Hale makes this point in a lyrical introduction At dawn, when the Aegean Sea lay smooth as a burnished shield, you could hear a trireme from At [...]


    20. This is an excellent little work on the West s first true Naval power Following, and significantly improving upon and technologically advancing, the naval traditions of the Minoans, the Egyptians and the Phoenicians, the Athenians would build the first professional Navy in Western History Forced upon Athens, formerly having relied upon Hoplite phalanxes for its military defense, the building of a fleet was in response to the overwhelming threat from the massive Persian Empire In the ensuing Pers [...]


    21. This book tells the story of the rise and fall of the Athenian navy, from around 483 322BC I found this a fascinating story, very engagingly told Athens, of course, is the primary focus, but you get lots of involvement from Persia and Sparta, as well as a host of other cities and areas This tells of the development of Athens as an overwhelming seapower, wars, battles, politics There are stories of individuals, as well as the navy Lotsa good fun here.Ancient Athens was the birthplace of democracy [...]


    22. This is definitely one of the best history books I have ever read Hale does a wonderful job with this book First off, the cover art is attractive The Greek atop the dolphin, red orange on a black background, is both intriguing and aesthetically pleasing The text font and size is easy to read, attractive, and the layout is great The interior illustrations serve to really bring the material to life The book is laudable for its chronology, glossary, index, and notes on sources Further, Hale s writi [...]


    23. This is a detailed narrative told from the perspective of Athens, of the entire Greek world from 483 BC to 322 BC If specifically focuses on the creation and use of the trireme navy by Athens as a supporting backdrop for the major politicians and generals that shaped the lifestyle and government of the city and region It is the detailed enumeration of so many personalities that tend to make this a work that requires effort to follow The book is written in a narrative fashion which flows from bat [...]



    24. I have read many histories of ancient Greece, of Athenian democracy and of the golden age of Athens Given our own cultural mythology, so many have been written that the field tends towards cliches Hales Londs of the Sea is a departure from the run of the mill, detailing as he does the history of Greece from the battle of Marathon through the Macedonian conquest by telling the story in terms of the Athenian thallasocracy cum democracy His book is the most readable work I ve yet read on the period [...]


    25. I have read a fair number of books about Classical Greek history The Persian War, Alexander the Great, etc , but this one puts a new spin on information I mostly knew Hale chronicles the ups and downs of Greek civilization through the perspective of the Athenian navy and their accomplishments Much of the book is obviously military in nature, and although he does spend some time talking about the well known naval battles like Salamis, he doesn t belabor any points He also brings up many other nav [...]


    26. I read LORDS OF THE SEA in a somewhat desultory fashion in paper about two years ago, and put it down, not to get to it again, not because I didn t like it, I just lost track of it and didn t get back to it Recently I checked out a library audio copy from Overdrive, and I finished it last weekend I am now going to go back and re read the paper book to get the names right LORDS OF THE SEA is an excellent, readable history of the rise of the Athenian navy and the Wars of the Delian League that fol [...]


    27. A long time ago I read Robert Heinlein s book Starship Troopers in which military service was a prerequisite for becoming a citizen In John Hale s book Lords of the Sea we re shown an ancient society, that of Athens in the period between the Persian invasions and the death of Alexander the Great, when the opposite was true when the need for military service reshaped the political landscape of a city state Beginning with Themistocles and continuing through a series of politicians and military lea [...]


    28. Scholar John Hale traces the Golden Age of Athens 480 322 BC and the importance of naval power, which saved them from the Persians, created an empire, and was the backbone of Athenian democracy The Trireme, a 120 foot wooden ship with a bronze ram at the prow, was manned by 170 rowers on 3 levels these rowers were free men, not slaves, and had to be well trained to execute combat maneuvers In addition to the great statesmen and military leaders of the age Themistocles, father of the Athenian Nav [...]


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