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Gates of fire : an epic novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Author: Steven Pressfield
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A novel on Thermopylae, the 480 BC battle which went down in history as an example of heroism. For three days a small force of Greeks defended a narrow pass from a huge Persian army. Lots of detail on Spartan training and fighting techniques. Thousands of years ago, Herodotus and Plutarch immortalized Spartan society in their histories; but today, little is left of the ancient city or the social structure of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
War stories
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pressfield, Steven.
Gates of fire.
New York : Doubleday, c1998
(OCoLC)607589390
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pressfield
ISBN: 0385492510 9780385492515
OCLC Number: 38916930
Description: 386 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Steven Pressfield.
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A novel on Thermopylae, the 480 BC battle which went down in history as an example of heroism. For three days a small force of Greeks defended a narrow pass from a huge Persian army. Lots of detail on Spartan training and fighting techniques. Thousands of years ago, Herodotus and Plutarch immortalized Spartan society in their histories; but today, little is left of the ancient city or the social structure of this momentous culture. One of the few antiquarian marks of the civilization that has survived lies scores of miles away from Sparta, at a narrow Greek mountain pass called Thermopylae. It was there that three hundred of Sparta's finest warriors held back the invading millions of the Persian empire and valiantly gave their lives in the selfless service of democracy and freedom. A simple engraved stone marks their burial ground. Inspired by this stone and intrigued by the lore of Sparta, author Steven Pressfield has brilliantly combined scholarship with storytelling. Narrated by the sole survivor of the epic battle--a squire in the Spartan heavy infantry--Gates of Fire is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary page-turner that brings the Homeric tradition into the twenty-first

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