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From the Publisher
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 there that three hundred 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
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 page-turner that brings the Homeric
tradition into the twenty-first century.