The main source for the battle of 480 is herodotus, histories, 7. Travels with herodotus by ryszard kapuscinski soldier of the mist and its subsequent novels by famed fantasy author gene wolfe. Gates of fire, by stephen pressfield, has the battle of thermopylae book vii as its centrepiece. Herodotus excerpts from book vii of the histories translated and edited by a. I have read three books on the battle of thermopylae, as it is one of my favourite battles in all of history. This expedition against athens threatened all of greece. King xerxes lay encamped in trachis in malis and the hellenes in the pass. The battle of thermopylae, which herodotus recorded in his writing the histories, was one of the most arduous and notable battles of western history. Herodotus was a greek writer and geographer credited with being the first historian.
Steven pressfield brings the battle of thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what charles frazier did for the civil war in cold mountain. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae by pressfield, steven from amazons fiction books store. The british title for this book, the year of thermopylae london, 1980, is much more. Thermopylae books about the battle of thermopylae thoughtco. The edsitement launchpad includes links to maps and images of the soldiers and the terrain on which the battle was fought. So the battle of thermopylae included a land and sea component. On the battle of thermopylae itself, two principal sources, herodotus and simonides accounts, survive. Top battle of thermopylae and artemisum books persians under xerxes had both a land and a sea force with which they attempted to defeat those greeks who wouldnt willingly accept persian domination, as many greek citystates had already done. Nor knee deep in the salt marsh, heaving a cutlass. The battle of thermopylae can be dated with some accuracy. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae audio download. This place is called thermopylae by most of the hellenes, but by the natives and their neighbors pylae.
In fact, herodotus account of the battle, in book vii of his histories, is such an important source that paul cartledge wrote. Herodotus does not mention the full moon, but its light was absolutely necessary for the persians to ascend the mountain path. Herodotus the histories, book 7, polymnia 8239 battle of thermopylae. The battle of thermopylae from herodotus the histories. Battle of thermopylae in popular culture wikipedia. Some submitted to persia thinking they wouldnt get hurt. I bok vii nevner herodot solformorkelsen som fant sted da perserne krysset hellesponten. Noel malcolm, the telegraph uk the real passion of thermopylae lies in the authors sudden discovery that his subject is exciting to other people again. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In book 3, passages 102 to 105, herodotus reports that a species of foxsized, furry ants lives in one of the far eastern, indian provinces of the persian empire. The battle of thermopylae this activity presents the longest and most challenging reading assignment from herodotus.250 1377 988 1342 508 729 13 424 404 136 1162 1016 959 1481 582 661 1104 908 1264 1206 707 198 811 29 854 505 1367 1323 373 1089 312 367 312 1285 564 275 94 16 723 571 123