To be notified when we launch a full study guide, please contact us contact us. This causes Xerxes to retreat from Greece back to his homeland. This novel was recommended to me by my preacher. They realized that they had no idea where they were.
The middle section of the book, which I found interesting but slow, deals with his life in Sparta and the training techniques used by the Spartans to create what was one of the most formidable fighting forces the world has ever seen.
Pressfield whose only previous novel was the, by all accounts wretched, golf story The Legend of Bagger Vance has taken this story and created a novel that is not only a brilliant recreation of Ancient Greece, but can also stand beside The Killer Angels Michael Shaara Grade: Due to this strategy, the Persian army suffers many losses, compared to a few losses on the Greek side.
The other perspective, not used much at all throughout the book, is the perspective of a Persian historian who is never named.
The prose was evocative and powerful, capable of igniting a variety of emotions. These Spartans died to a man defending the pass against a force of over a million and the epitaph provided to them by the poet Simonides, "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie", is perhaps the most famous in history.
He also becomes the sparring partner for a young man named Alexandros. The Persians attack and wipe out the Greeks, but not before many more Persian troops fall. Pressfield captures the romantic side of war recall Robert E.
A young man whom Xeones served at the time, Alexandros, was called by Dienekes, his training mentor, to discuss the event. Every word—even when they were info dumping—is imbued with a savage gravitational pull that utterly gripped me.
With the story concluded, Xeones finishes his previous tale, with Diomache and Bruxieus eventually rescuing him from the board to which he was nailed, but not before his hands were permanently disfigured.
He compares being stabbed to being slammed by a shield, not being pierced. He is told to tell his story to the historian, who will transcribe it for the "God-King. When Xerxes offers to spare the Spartans lives if they will surrender their arms, Leonidas is reputed to have snarled, "come and get them.
He runs to the mountains with his cousin, Diomache, and an old slave, named Bruxieus. Ancient Greece is my absolute favorite time of history, more specifically the Spartans.
Thrown into despair, because his hands are so damaged that he can never wield a sword, Xeones heads off by himself to die.Gates of Fire study guide contains a biography of Steven Pressfield, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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