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Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West By Tom Holland

Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
by Tom Holland

A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC.

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Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West Summary


In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such and entity as the West at all. Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first 'clash of Empires' between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no competing popular book describing these events.

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GOR001602952
Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
Tom Holland
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown & Company
2000-01-01
448
0316731021
9780316731027
Short-listed for British Book Awards: History Book of the Year 2006
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