Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared
and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a
suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the
mighty Persian army.
Day after bloody day they withstood the
terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces.
Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and
unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the
greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the
rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan
squire to tell the tale....
Pressfield's descriptions of war are breathtaking in their immediacy.
They are also meticulously assembled out of physical detail and crisp,