NHP Episode 4: The Greco-Persian War and the Battle of Salamis
The one on Salamis is a bit lopsided because the battle comprises a short segement among 2 1/2 hours. (at about 2 hrs ) .Mr Melton's southern drawl massacres Greek pronounciation as mercilessly as the Greeks massacred the Persian ships. The odd style of mainly discussing the historical story using the future tense is also a bit hard on the ear. Maybe a shorter piece would not have made these aspects grate on me so much ? But a site giving podcasts on ancient galley warfare is a GOOD THING and one must applaud Buckner's dedication in producing hours of material to paint by.
With reference to his account of the battle, it is rather imprecise and incomplete in contrast to his close following of Herodotos through the background story. There is nothing original but he covers most ancient sources. He favours the East-West scenario with ships filling the strait many ranks deep and makes an analogy with Agincourt. There is so much that has been written since JFC Fuller who is cited here that it should whet your appetite to read more for more detail.
|Greeks are left blobs, Persians the right.|