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Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae Kindle Edition
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'Opening Beyond the Gates of Fire (evocative of the popular Steven Pressfield novel), co-editor Matthew quotes the eminent historian W. Kendrick Pritchett, who in 1958 wrote “the battle of Thermopylai of 480 BC is such a well-worn subject that no fresh approach seems possible,” and then counters “Yet such a statement seems far from likely,” citing numerous recent works that have broken new ground.
‘Several disciplines, such as geological and topographical analyses, have evolved since Pritchett’s statement. They contribute to a better understanding of the physiographic terrain in a chapter titled “The Topography of the Pass of Thermopylae Circa 480 BC” The findings of George Rapp and other scholars, along with the accompanying maps and images refute the exaggerated appearance of the battlefield in the films “300” and “300: Rise of an Empire”. Another chapter addresses whether or not the Greek defense led by King Leonidas and the Spartans was a suicide mission.
‘Beyond the Gates of Fire has eight chapters and as the subtitle indicates several offer “New Perspectives” on the events leading up to and beyond the battle. The content in a few of these discourses may seem familiar, while in others, the most recent scholarship provides new insight into one of antiquities’ greatest battles.’
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Another issue is the seeming necessity of "scholars" to have a ridiculous number of footnotes; it is as if a work cannot be "scholarly" without the excessive use of them. For example: The eight essays total 163 pages with 59 additional pages of footnotes. One essay of 26 pages has 227 footnotes!!!!!!!!!!!
This book is for the scholar only and not for someone interested in the mechanics of the battle itself...