A Victor of Salamis
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A Victor of Salamis

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Victor of Salamis by WilliamStearns DavisThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no costand with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copyit, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the ProjectGutenberg License included with this eBook or online athttp://www.gutenberg.org/licenseTitle: A Victor of SalamisAuthor: William Stearns DavisRelease Date: December 22, 2008 [Ebook 27587]Language: English***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK AVICTOR OF SALAMIS***A VICTOR OF SALAMISThe MM Co.A VICTOR OF SALAMISA TALE OF THE DAYS OF XERXES, LEONIDASAND THEMISTOCLESBYWILLIAM STEARNS DAVISAUTHOR OF “A FRIEND OF CÆSAR,” “GOD WILLS IT,”“BELSHAZZAR,” ETC.vi A Victor of Salamis“... On the Ægean shore a city stands,Built nobly, pure the air and light the soil,Athens, the eye of Greece.”viiNew YorkTHE MACMILLAN COMPANYLONDON: & CO., LTD.1907All rights reservedCOPYRIGHT, 1907,BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1907.ixNorwood PressJ. S. Cushing & Co.—Berwick & Smith Co.Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.AUTHOR’S NOTEThe invasion of Greece by Xerxes, with its battles ofThermopylæ, Salamis, and Platæa, forms one of the mostdramatic events in history. Had Athens and Sparta succumbed tothis attack of Oriental superstition and despotism, the Parthenon,the Attic Theatre, the Dialogues of Plato, would have been almostas impossible as if Phidias, Sophocles, and the philosophers ...

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license Title: A Victor of Salamis Author: William Stearns Davis Release Date: December 22, 2008 [Ebook 27587] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A VICTOR OF SALAMIS*** A VICTOR OF SALAMIS The MM Co. A VICTOR OF SALAMIS A TALE OF THE DAYS OF XERXES, LEONIDAS AND THEMISTOCLES BY WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS AUTHOR OF “A FRIEND OF CÆSAR,” “GOD WILLS IT,” “BELSHAZZAR,” ETC. vi A Victor of Salamis “... On the Ægean shore a city stands, Built nobly, pure the air and light the soil, Athens, the eye of Greece.” vii New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: & CO., LTD. 1907 All rights reserved COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1907. ix Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co.—Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A. AUTHOR’S NOTE The invasion of Greece by Xerxes, with its battles of Thermopylæ, Salamis, and Platæa, forms one of the most dramatic events in history. Had Athens and Sparta succumbed to this attack of Oriental superstition and despotism, the Parthenon, the Attic Theatre, the Dialogues of Plato, would have been almost as impossible as if Phidias, Sophocles, and the philosophers had never lived. Because this contest and its heroes—Leonidas and Themistocles—cast their abiding shadows across our world of to-day, I have attempted this piece of historical fiction. Many of the scenes were conceived on the fields of action themselves during a recent visit to Greece, and I have tried to give some glimpse of the natural beauty of “The Land of the Hellene,”—a beauty that will remain when Themistocles and his peers fade away still further into the backgrounds of history. W. S. D.