Publication Date: 03/08/2006 ISBN: 9780349117171 Category:

Persian Fire

Tom Holland

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 03/08/2006 ISBN: 9780349117171 Category:
Paperback / Softback


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Tom Holland’s bestselling account of the world’s very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC

‘Magisterial… told with great authority and a novelistic colour and verve’
Books of the Year, Independent

‘Holland has a rare eye for detail, drama and the telling anecdote’
Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph

‘An unequivocal argument for the relevance of ancient history’

‘Holland brings this tumultuous, epoch-making period dazzlingly to life’
William Napier, Independent on Sunday

In the fifth century BC, a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the most powerful man on the planet is as heart-stopping as any episode in history.

Publisher Review

Confident, fluent and accessible, and with salutary lessons for our own times, this is history at its best * The Times * Gripping and authoritative ... An awe-inspiring story of the struggle for freedom * Express *

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