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Title:
Persian fire : the first world empire and the battle for the west
Author:
Holland, Tom, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Anchor books edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Anchor Books, 2007.

©2005
Physical Description:
xxiii, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Summary:
In the fifth century B.C., 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 Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland's brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.
General Note:
Originally published by Little, Brown in 2005 and subsequently published by Doubleday in 2006.
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- List of maps -- Note on proper names -- Preface -- Khorasan highway -- Babylon -- Sparta -- Athens -- Singeing the king of Persia's beard -- Gathering storm -- At bay -- Nemesis -- Envoi -- Timeline -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN:
9780307279484
Format :
Book