Press Release: Persian Fire

Persian Fire

Tom Holland

Translated by the author

‘Masterly, panoramic, gripping’’

In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece as part of his greater plan of world domination. Tom Holland’s epic account of this pivotal period in history grips from the outset with gritty realism and dramatic tension.

With a force greatly outnumbering the opposition, conquest seemed a formality: the city states of Greece were considered small strategic obstacles to be swept aside. However, in reality, a dramatic and bloody half-century of warfare ensued with the Greeks ultimately forcing the Persians to retreat and retaining control of their homeland against incredible odds.The conflict involved great tactical clashes on land and sea that tested the mettle of both sides; and what the Greeks lacked in numbers, they made up for with superior military tactics, many of which were unfamiliar to the Persian invaders.

Holland’s skill at placing readers in the epicentre of the action is apparent in the exhilarating scenes that liberally populate the narrative. The battles are recounted with dramatic zeal, including Marathon – the encounter that revealed the courage and superior tactics of the Greek hoplite soldiers; Salamis – a pivotal naval battle that brought together several Greek states to fight as one opposing force; and the legendary battle of Thermopylae – the heroic last stand of King Leonidas and his Spartan forces.

This Folio edition is illustrated with a new image selection from our award-winning picture research team. Fifteen new hand-drawn maps detail political boundaries – such as Greece, Attica and the West – and battle strategies, including Marathon, Plataea and Thermopylae. The cloth binding features an imposing full-page portrait of a sculpture from Persepolis by celebrated artist Ken Barton in series with the best-selling Folio edition of Rubicon.

Product information
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Spectrum. 440 pages. Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates. 15 black & white integrated maps. 10˝ x 6¾˝

UK £44.95 US $69.95 Can $88.95 Aus $99.95 RO £49.95






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