Salamis tells the story of possibly the greatest naval battle of the ancient world. Involving hundreds of thousands of combatants and well over a thousand triremes - the ranking naval war engine of the time - it was the culminating battle in a twenty-year struggle between the Persian Empire and the Greeks. Against all odds - and with the help of a little treachery, a brilliant strategy and a lucky wind - the Greeks defeated the Persians, and with it began the rollback of the Persian Empire, and the beginning of the Hellenic imperium. This epic tale is told through the individual stories of twelve characters, six form each side, each of which played a major role in the battle and its aftermath.
Barry Strauss is Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. He has published widely on ancient warfare, especially war at sea, on which he is internationally recognised as an authority. In addition to being the author of numerous op-ed pieces in many newspapers, he was a featured interviewee on PBS's series THE GREEKS (2000) and he will appear later this year in two History Channel series- 'The Rise and Fall of Sparta' and 'Unconventional Warfare'.