Persian Fire : The First World Empire, Battle for the West - 'Magisterial' Books of the Year, Independent Paperback / softback
by Tom Holland
Paperback / softback
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' Observer'Holland brings this tumultuous, epoch-making period dazzlingly to life' William Napier, Independent on SundayIn 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.
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