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Persian fire : the first world empire and the battle for the West

Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 480 B.C.E., Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory--rapid, spectacular victory--had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. They had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. Xerxes ruled as the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Holland
ISBN: 0349117179 9780349117171
OCLC Number: 71139318
Awards: Winner of Runciman Award (for the Anglo Hellenic Language) 2006 (UK)
Description: xxv, 418 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. The Khorasan highway --
2. Babylon --
3. Sparta --
4. Athens --
5. Singeing the king of Persia's beard --
6. The gathering storm --
7. At bay --
8. Nemesis.
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A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC.  Read more...

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