Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (Paperback)
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Short Description for Persian Fire Holland's new work describes the very first "clash of empires" between East and West. Revealing extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and the present, this history takes in the entire sweep of the Persian Wars.
- Published: 12 June 2007
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307279484 ISBN 10: 0307279480
- Sales rank: 52,632
Full description for Persian Fire
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.