Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent, comprehensive and clear introduction to an important moment in time..., 24 May 2014
This review is from: Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West (Paperback)
I'll confess, I was first prompted into reading this by seeing the film 300 a few years, and I'm so glad I did. It's just as good a read the second time around.

It's absolutely wonderfully written, really engaging and gripping, and Holland really makes the history come alive. I never really knew much about the period other than Thermopylae, but this has made me so interested in the Persian Empire, the beginnings of Greek democracy, and the great battles, Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea. It's quite an alien period of history to anyone who isn't a classicist - references to Darius and Xerxes and Salamis don't crop up every day, after all, unlike some other periods in history - but Holland really manages to lay it out in a comprehensive and clear way.

It's also interesting how he manages to relate events that occurred 2,500 years ago to the struggles between East and West that are happening right now. It's just to show how long the effects of history can linger, how important it is to understand the roots of things. A definite thumbs-up for this one.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.5 out of 5 stars (96 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (61)
4 star:
 (24)
3 star:
 (6)
2 star:
 (4)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
£12.99 £9.09
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer

C. Ball
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Derbyshire

Top Reviewer Ranking: 487