Le porte di fuoco
Publish date: January 1st 2000
Publisher: BUR Biblioteca Univ. Rizzoli
Pages no: 450
Edition language: Italian
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...