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By Robert Garland

Between June 480 and August 479 BC, tens of millions of Athenians evacuated, following King Xerxes’ victory on the conflict of Thermopylae. leaving behind their houses and ancestral tombs within the wake of the invading Persian military, they sought shelter out of the country. ladies and kids have been despatched to 1 shelter, the aged to a different, whereas all males of army age have been conscripted into the fleet. in this tricky yr of exile, town of Athens used to be 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 zone of Greece that comes with Athens, whereas interpreting the results, either fabric and mental, of the ensuing invasion.

Garland introduces readers to the contextual history of the Greco-Persian wars, which come with the well-known conflict of Marathon. He describes a few of the phases of the invasion from either the Persian and Greek standpoint and explores the siege of the Acropolis, the defeat of the Persians first via the allied Greek military 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 identical to the Persians as ruthless barbarians. Addressing questions which are mostly overlooked in different debts of the clash, together with how the evacuation used to be prepared and how much amenities have been to be had to the refugees alongside the way in which, Garland demonstrates the relevance of historic historical past to the modern international. This compelling tale is mainly resonant in a time whilst the inside track is stuffed with the ache of approximately five million humans pushed via civil struggle from their houses in Syria. geared toward scholars and students of historical historical past, this hugely obtainable booklet also will fascinate somebody drawn to the burgeoning fields of refugee and diaspora studies.

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