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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae Audiobook

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Thousands of years ago, Herodotus and Plutarch immortalized Spartan society in their histories. But today, little is left of the ancient city or the social structure of this momentous culture. One of the few antiquarian marks of the civilization that has survived lies scores of miles away from Sparta, at a narrow Greek mountain pass called Thermopylae. It was here that 300 of Sparta's finest warriors held back the invading millions of the Persian empire and valiantly gave their lives in the selfless service of democracy and freedom. A simple engraved stone marks their burial ground.

Inspired by this stone and intrigued by the lore of Sparta, author Steven Pressfield has brilliantly combined scholarship with storytelling. Narrated by the sole survivor of the epic battle, a squire in the Spartan heavy infantry, Gates of Fire is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Gordon Taggart | 2/15/2014

    " To echo what is elsewhere. An epic emotional superbly written and gripping novel. This is definitely in my top three books of all time and is regularly reread. I couldn't recommend this enough "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by nassir | 2/10/2014

    " this book is about the famous 300 !!! it is very good and whole lot more detailed than the movie or graphic novel, spends a lot of time on the training that spartans go through, and was very informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Artemas | 2/9/2014

    " Simply amazing. Anyone interested in ancient history or military simply must read "Gates of Fire." Steven Pressfield has an amazing gift for bringing his stories to the current day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Yvonne Carter | 2/9/2014

    " Covers the history and traditions of Sparta and the training of their soldiers. Told through the eyes of a servant to one of the leaders and the Battle of Thermopylae "

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About the Author
Author Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the hugely successful historical novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, and Last of the Amazons. His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Will Smith in 2000. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet.