Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

by Steven Pressfield

Told in flashback by the sole survivor Xeones, this historical novel tells of the last stand of the famous 300 Spartans along with Greek allies at Thermopylae, "The Gates of Fire," against the massive invading army of the Persians commanded by king Xerxes. This tale reveals the life of Xeones from childhood, through his severe training with the elite Spartan guard and his loyal service as a squire to the Spartan knight Dienekes, ending with his detailed recounting of the heroic Spartan soldiers and their final battle against an overwhelming foe.

Joe Geisendorfer, Faculty