Synopses & Reviews
A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC. It was 2,500 years ago that East and West first went to war. In the early 5th century BC, a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta. The story of how their citizens took on the most powerful man on the planet, and defeated him is as heart-stopping as any episode in history.
tom holland gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. An accomplished radio personality in Britain, he has written a highly acclaimed series of adaptations for Radio 4 of Herodotus's Histories, Virgil's Aeneid, and Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed history of the fall of the Roman Republic, Rubicon, and the novels The Bone Hunter, Slave of My Thirst, and Lord of the Dead.