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A truly excellent, comprehensive and clear introduction to an important moment in time...,
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.