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

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  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae (Bantam Books) – Mass-market paperback (1999)
    by Steven Pressfield

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

    Mass-market paperback, Bantam Books
    1999
    English
    480 pages

    ISBN: 0553580531
    ISBN-13: 9780553580532

    In 480 B.C., two million Persian invaders come to the mountain pass of Thermopylae in eastern Greece, where they are met by 300 of Sparta's finest warriors. The Greek loyalists battle for six days in a prelude to their ultimate victory. "Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in "Cold Mountain.""--Pat Conroy.

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

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EJMAIO

Good reading.

by EJMAIO on Dec 18, 2010

I enjoyed this book, It was a little hard following all the charactoers, But it seem to get better as you got further into it. More

tonafernandez

Live thru the great feat with a great description

by tonafernandez on Sep 30, 2009

Great book, have read a couple from this time but this one stands out with a great narrative, based on the facts, the characters come alive, and the storyteller wraps you with great ability, if you are looking just for facts search somewhere else, this is a great story based on the historical facts, ... More

WesterlyFlow

Living the History

by WesterlyFlow on Sep 13, 2007

I would recommend all of Pressfield's historical fiction books. My son attending college is taking Greek History and Philosophy and we discussed Thucidides' History of the Peloponnesian War which I read over 30 years ago. He bought this book for me for Christmas and I have read all three of his Greek ... More

bprimawan

Amazing re-telling of the famous battle & more!

by bprimawan on Jun 11, 2007

The main theme of this book was indeed the famous Battle of Thermopylae, where about 4,000 Greeks, led by the 300 Spartans and their King Leonidas, held out a force of the Persian warriors about 5 times their numbers. However, Mr. Pressfield push the story wider to tell about the legendary Spartan ... More

Sebastienne
by Sebastienne on May 11, 2007

Pressfield presents the story of the Battle of Thermopylae, in which a small contingent of Spartans and their few allies made a brave, desperate stand against a huge force led by the conquering Persians. I love history but you don?t have to love history to love this book ? it?s as much about life, and ... More

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