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    DescriptionIn 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.

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    Persian Fire
    The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307279484
    ISBN 10: 0307279480

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 935.05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    DC21: 935.05
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
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    DC22: 935/.05
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS039000
    LC classification: DS281 .H65 2007
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    12 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    tom holland gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. An accomplished radio personality in Britain, he has written a highly acclaimed series of adaptations for Radio 4 of Herodotus's "Histories," Virgil's "Aeneid," and Homer's "The""Iliad" and "The Odyssey." He is the author of the critically acclaimed history of the fall of the Roman Republic, "Rubicon," and the novels "The Bone Hunter," "Slave of My Thirst," and" Lord of the Dead."
    Review quote
    "Ambitious....a sweeping popular account that seems destined to become a classic." --"The Seattle Times""Excellent. . . . There is an even-handedness in Holland's treatment of both Greek and Persian cultural riches that is rare in popular accounts of these wars." --"Sunday Times""Holland has a rare eye for detail, drama, and the telling anecdote. . . . A book as spirited and engaging as "Persian Fire" deserves to last." --"The Telegraph"