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

by Steven Pressfield

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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.

Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale.

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  • On Apr 27 2017 Bryan Gardner read this book and commented:

    The first Pressfield I read. An excellent fictionalized account of a pivotal war

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    An excellent worm's eye fictional reconstruction of what it might have been like to be in a hoplite phalanx

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