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A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis

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 CAESAR," "GOD WILLS IT," "BELSHAZZAR," ETC.

"... On the AEgean shore a city stands, Built nobly, pure the air and light the soil, Athens, the eye of Greece."

*New York* THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1907 _All rights reserved_

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

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Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1907.

*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 Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea, 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.

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE THE ISTHMIAN GAMES NEAR CORINTH

CHAPTER PAGE I. GLAUCON THE BEAUTIFUL 3 II. THE ATHLETE 10 III. THE HAND OF PERSIA 21 IV. THE PENTATHLON 31


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