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

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



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.




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