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In Kithairon's Shadow: A Novel of Ancient Greece and the Persian War
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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595299067 Type: 


Copyright:  December 7, 2003

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In Kithairon's Shadow begins in the year 480 B.C., after the battle of Thermopylae in northern Greece, by following the lives of five different men who will bear witness to the momentous events to come. Asfandiar, a noble Persian and a young Theban
collaborator named Eurydamos are enlisted in Xerxes's army of conquest. Athens is sacked, forcing the Greek fleet to a confrontation off the island of Salamis. Here in these narrow waters, a stunning victory in the greatest naval battle of antiquity
gains a brief respite for the Greeks. During the following winter and spring both sides gather their forces while clandestine efforts work to undermine the tenuous alliance between Sparta and Athens. Myronides, an Athenian, Amompharetos the Spartan, and a Tegean farmer named Nikandros leave their homes and converge upon the small town of Plataea. Here the battle lines between East and West are drawn.


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The few who dared to resist the might of an empire
"Inspired by author Jon Edward Martin's lifelong study of ancient Greece,

In Kithairon's Shadow: A Novel Of Ancient Greece And The Persian War is a gripping and deftly written narrative of Xerxes I's aggressive war of imperial domination against Europe which was fiercely waged in 480 B.C. Only a few of the Greek city-states opposed Xerxes seemingly limitless army, and the fate of Western civilization lay in the balance. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of historical fiction, In Kithairon's Shadow is an exciting saga of blood, cunning tactics, and the few who dared to resist the might of an empire."

- Midwest Book Review March 2003

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