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In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance?almost. It is one of history?s most acclaimed battles, one of civilization?s greatest last stands.
Renowned classical historian Paul Cartledge looks anew at ...
In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance—almost. It is one of history’s most acclaimed battles, one of civilization’s greatest last stands.
Renowned classical historian Paul Cartledge looks anew at this history-altering moment and shows how its repercussions affect us even today. The invasion of Europe by Xerxes and his army redefined culture, kingdom, and class. The valiant efforts of the Greek warriors, facing a huge onrushing Persian army at the narrow pass at Thermopylae, changed the way future generations would think about combat, courage, and death.
“Briskly written...Offers a fresh look at the battle and the complex events leading up to it.”
“In the annals of heroism, the Battle of Thermopylae is an archetype, a classic.”
–Noel Malcolm, The Telegraph (UK)
“The real passion of Thermopylae lies in the author’s sudden discovery that his subject is exciting to other people again.”
–The Wall Street Journal
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300 undoubtedly was a great movie, opened some eyes, and made some cringe. Most people however did not know the movie was based on true events. Cartledge is one of the worlds leading Greek historians, and brings to light the events leading up to, during and after the battle. Subtitled "The Battle that Changed the World", the questioned is asked, what if the Persians had succeeded at ruling Greece, how would modern life be today? Anyone who may have had a bit of interest sparked by the movie 300, or may even wish to learn more about the battle of Thermopyle, this is probably the most accurate and detailed book available anywhere.
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Posted February 20, 2013
Thermopylae is supposed to be the story of the great battle between the Persians and the Spartans, but this book focuses more on the buildup to the battle more than the actual battle itself. Don’t get me wrong the story is excellent but very hard to follow if you know nothing about the history of either nation. The author of this book obviously did his homework with the study of all nations in the story and knows what he is talking about, but to the common eyes it was very hard to follow up until the battle. The author tends to jump around a lot which had confused me for most of the book, He tells the story but at the same time he is telling his version of what he thinks really happened, and it got quite annoying at times, but it is understandable why he had done it. If you are interested in learning much more about the events leading up to the famous battle than this is the book for you, it is defiantly a difficult but a very interesting read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.