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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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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 century.

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With an epic vision and a dynamic cast of characters, this literary page-turner, set in 480 B.C., brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century with the tale of historic battle between the Greeks and the two-million-man strong Persian army.

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Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, a mystical golf novel currently under option with Robert Redford and Jake Eberts (Dances with Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy) for feature film adaptation.  He makes his home in Malibu, California.

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bf georgie, September 4, 2010 (view all comments by bf georgie)
Infinitely better than the movie (although seeing Gerard Butler unshaven and wearing a leather speedo wasn't all that bad), Gates of Fire is a riveting look into the culture and comraderie in a warrior society. Told from the perspective of boy trained by - but not born of - Spartan soldiers, this work illuminates the events leading up to and following the battle of Thermopylae without the dramatic hyperbole of Hollywood's 300. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385492515
Author:
Pressfield, Steven
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Greece History Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C. Fiction.
Subject:
Thermopylae, Battle of, 480 B.C. -- Fiction.
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.44x6.34x1.28 in. 1.56 lbs.

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