Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland, Paperback

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland, Paperback

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,...

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ISBN-13:9780307279484
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:06/12/2007
Edition description:Reprint
Pages:464
Sales rank:244,995
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.95(d)
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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland

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.