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  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: Great War Nations

    Great War Nations: The Spartans by Dreamcatcher Interactive, 2008, $39.99. Great War Nations: The Spartans draws on campaigns from two historic periods—Sparta’s decline as the dominant Greek city-state and the unification of Greece...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Athenian Century

    For the better part of a hundred years, Athens commanded an empire to be reckoned with. But the Parthenon and every other emblem of the polis's greatness rested on a watery foundation: the navy...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Marathon Men

    The conventional wisdom is that the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon were amateur soldiers who won by chance. In reality, they were the Israel Defense Force of their day—smart, highly trained, and merciless. Before dawn on September...

  • Military History Magazine

    Beware the Furies

    The fortunes of war are hardest on the vanquished, but for a cadre of Athenian commanders during the Peloponnesian War, victory proved fatal. Present-day Greece may be beset with problems, but the nation is stable in comparison to its...

  • HistoryNet

    The Significance of Thermopylae: Why We Ought to Thank the Spartans for...

    The year is 480. 300 Spartans, joined by a small force of Greeks, defend the mountain pass of Thermopylae against the invading Persians. If the 300 Spartans had stayed home and if Persians had won the Greco-Persian Wars, the Western...

  • MHQ Reviews, Reviews

    Book Review: The First Clash

    Debra Hamel says Jim Lacey brings practical experience to his new book on the Battle of Marathon. ...