Gates Of Fire
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.... show more
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 shattered - they fought with their bare hands before being overwhelmed. It was battle that would become synonymous with extraordinary courage, heroism and self-sacrifice: it was Thermopylae. In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield tells the epic story of those legendary Spartans: the men and women who helped shaped our history and have themselves become as immortal as their gods.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2000
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages no: 523
Edition language: English
It took a while for me to get into this story, but I did love the novel by the end. The story is framed as the first person account of a "squire" of the heavy infantry of the famous 300 of Sparta at Thermophylae, where in 480 BC a few thousand Greeks held off hundreds of thousands of invading Persi...
A few years ago I read and loved Pressfield's The Afghan Campaign, which is apparently one of his minor works, so I expected to be blown away by this one. Unlike most readers, though, while I think it's competently written, I was never able to enjoy it. Gates of Fire is primarily about the battle at...
I generally don't care for stories that glorify war, but then, war is a large part of the human condition and so is a legitimate subject for examination. In Gates of Fire Steven Pressfield offers an engrossing account of the classical era battle of Thermopylae. The facts of the battle are dramatic e...
Excelent book. Researched with good dialogues. Historical fiction usually suffer from words, expressions and even attitudes that are from our time. I don't remember happening on this book. The Battle of Thermopylae was one of the most important battles in the ancient times because that sacrifice all...