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    Description'Go tell the Spartans, Passerby, That here, obedient to their laws, we lie'. Thus did the poet Simonides remember the three hundred elite Spartan warriors who, led by their king, Leonidas, faced the vast, inrushing Persian army at the 'hot gates' of Thermopylae and fought to the death for an ideal dearer to them than life itself - the ideal of freedom. Paul Cartledge's offers a compelling re-examination of this crucial moment in history, a epic clash of civilizations that helped shape the identity of Classical Greece and our own cultural heritage. 'Our greatest living expert on Sparta tells the story of that fearsome city's finest hour. The result is a book that wonderfully demonstrates the capacity of profound scholarship to thrill, to move and to inspire' - Tom Holland, author of "Rubicon and Persian Fire". 'The world's leading authority on ancient Sparta' - Noel Malcolm, "Sunday Telegraph".


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    Title
    Thermopylae
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 294 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330419185
    ISBN 10: 0330419188
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS027130
    DC22: 938.03
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    18 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, is the author of The Spartans and Alexander the Great, both critically acclaimed and out in Pan paperback. He has written and edited many articles, including Spartan Reflections, and has acted as academic consultant on The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization for the BBC and The Spartans for Channel 4.
    Review quote
    "Impeccable...Enthralling...Vividly reconstructs [the Spartans'] finest hour." -"The Independent" "Briskly written...Offers a fresh look at the battle and the complex events leading up to it."-"Forbes" "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"