Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here, obedient to their laws, we lie. Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, at a bleak pass in a far-flung corner of eastern Greece, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxes of Persia, a massive force rumoured to be over a million strong. Their orders were simple: to delay the enemy for as long as possible while the main Greek armies mobilized. For six days the Spartans held the invaders at bay. In the final hours - their shields broken, swords and spears ...

Gates Of Fire 1999, Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group), London

ISBN-13: 9780553812169

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Gates of Fire 1999, Doubleday, London

ISBN-13: 9780385600149

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