Thermopylae

Thermopylae

The Battle for the West

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David Brown Book Co
`The three-day battle for the pass at the "Hot Gates" of Thermopylae was a critical contest in the Persian king Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonides and his small Spartan army in 480 BC has since become the very emblem of patriotism, courage and sacrifice.' This great story found a great storyteller in Ernie Bradford when it was first published in 1980. In covering a range of subjects and approaches to this period of Greek history, Bradford looks at the background to each side, the Persians, Athenians and the Spartans that were to prove crucial in repelling the Persian advance. Tactics, strategy and decision-making are part of this review of the events of Thermopylae which culminated in the battle of Plataea in 479 which signalled the end of the Greek achievements.
`The three-day battle for the pass at the "Hot Gates" of Thermopylae was a critical contest in the Persian king Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonides and his small Spartan army in 480 BC has since become the very emblem of patriotism, courage and sacrifice.

Perseus Publishing
An impressively accessible narrative depicting the three-day battle for the pass at Thermopylae (the Hot Gates)--a critical contest in Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonidas and his small Spartan army in 480 B.C. has been hailed ever since as an outstanding example of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice.

`The three-day battle for the pass at the "Hot Gates" of Thermopylae was a critical contest in the Persian king Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonides and his small Spartan army in 480 BC has since become the very emblem of patriotism, courage and sacrifice.

Blackwell North Amer
The three-day battle for the pass at the "Hot Gates" of Thermopylae was a critical contest in the Persian king Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonidas and his small Spartan army in 480 B.C. has since become the very emblem of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice.
The ambitions of Xerxes were vast. Having amassed the largest force of men and ships ever assembled, he set out to conquer Greece, at the same time sending an army of Carthaginians to overrun Sicily. The two forces planned to open the gates to the wealth of the western Mediterranean.
Ernle Bradford's narrative spans the entire era of the invasion, from the building of an incredible wooden bridge across the Hellespont to the final crushing defeat of the Persian rear guard at the battle of Plataea. There, as before, the Spartans were the decisive force. It was at Thermopylae, however, that the fate of Xerxes's forces was determined by a small band of Spartans. In Thermopylae, Ernle Bradford brings to life the personalities and battles of this epic period with unmatched skill and verve.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, [2004], c1980
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780306813603
0306813602
Characteristics: 254 p. : maps ; 23 cm

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