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The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
by Robert B. Strassler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Landmark's Landmark, 5 Jun. 2016
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An essential work for anyone interested in Xenophon, whether for general readership or research activities. It literally dips the Hellenika in a coat of context: a brilliant introduction by David Thomas that will have you wanting more Xenophon; a great translation given added meaning with a plethora of maps and images; a series of authoritative appendices by Classical experts on many aspects of the "Age of Xenophon"; and access to relevant translations of the works of ancient authors who sometimes support, contradict or add to Xenophon's history.

In fact, the inclusion of rival histories of the period that Xenophon narrates, discreetly turns the reader into a budding amateur historian -- you will find yourself debating with Xenophon, Diodorus and the mysterious Oxyrhynchus historian. The Landmark's Landmark in my opinion (although the Landmark Arrian now beckons!).
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Sorbothane Full Stike Insole Pack of 2
Sorbothane Full Stike Insole Pack of 2
Price: £4.86 - £25.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False advertisiing., 17 May 2016
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"Sorbothane Full Stike Insole Pack of 2"

I thought I was buying 2 pairs of insoles, "Pack of 2". Bargain!

But no; "they" are actually advertising the shocking fact that "they" are catering to both feet.

A left insole! A right insole! . So I bought 2 packs of 2, thinking I had 4 pairs to distribute to family members. But no. I was buying a left insole, and a right insole; and another left insole...and another right insole.

Bargain! ;)

Borderline false advertising, in my opinion. And yes, I do feel like an idiot.

PS I thought I was buying from Sorbothane -- SDA as seller is not made apparent. "They" are fairly inconspicuous on the page.

I take it back -- FALSE ADVERTISING and they cannot even spell strike.Sorbothane Shock Stopper Full Strike Insoles - Size UK9


Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
by Francine Prose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Jan. 2016
Indispensable.


Sparta S Last Stand
Sparta S Last Stand
by Alex Dimond
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 25 May 2015
This review is from: Sparta S Last Stand (Hardcover)
I don't think this book was ever published -- please correct me if I am wrong.


Plataea 479 BC: The most glorious victory ever seen (Campaign)
Plataea 479 BC: The most glorious victory ever seen (Campaign)
by William Shepherd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book..., 3 Jun. 2013
This scholarly book is both comprehensive in terms of the context of the battle and convincing in terms of the battle narrative. The author tells an historically plausible version of the plataea story and I for one am totally satisfied.

But the revelation for me, getting back to the context, is the chapter outlining how the Persians had fought and beaten Greek hoplites before Marathon and Plataea. The author also concisely describes how the Persians invade Europe several times, Xerxes campaign being the culmination.

So the army that faces the Greeks at Plataea is entirely capable of destroying the the Hellenes. The Persian commander succeeds in splitting the Greek army and in concentrating his forces against the Spartans and Tegeans. It is at this moment that the Spartan army shows its quality and, quite literally, snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.

This is the great strength of the book - the entire campaign narrative shows that the Persians should have won but for the peculiarly professional nature (for this ancient era) of the Spartan army.


How Late It Was How Late
How Late It Was How Late
by James Kelman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despised by the misguided, 31 July 2012
I love the fact that many people simply hate this book. They don't get it. "How Late It Was How Late" is an ineffable literary masterpiece.


The Battle of Thermopylae: A Campaign in Context
The Battle of Thermopylae: A Campaign in Context
by Rupert Matthews
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant analysis of the actual battle..., 23 May 2011
...and a fantastic overview of Xerxes campaign of revenge that brought him face-to-face with Leonidas. Perhaps another military historian will rubbish the author's evaluation of the battle field but as a lay reader I am completely convinced.

This should have been the story told in 300 - far more exciting.


The Spartans: An Epic History
The Spartans: An Epic History
by Paul Cartledge
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Longevity..., 23 May 2011
You will return to this book many times. A great overview of Spartan history that does not skimp on the details. The author does not shy away from giving his authoritative opinion on causes, events and people. I gave it four stars because the biographies of the leading Spartans interrupt the flow of the main narrative. However they are still essential reading.


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