• by Paul Cartledge
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance - almost. It is one of history's most acclaimed battles, one of civilization's greatest last stands. Renowned classical historian Paul Cartledge looks anew at this history-altering moment and shows how its repercussions affect us even today. The invasion of Europe by Xerxes and his army redefined culture, kingdom, and class. The valiant efforts of the Greek warriors, facing a huge onrushing Persian army at the narrow pass at Thermopylae, changed the way future generations would think about combat, courage, and death.


What the Critics Say

"An outstanding retelling of one of the seminal events in world history." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Requires full attention

I really enjoyed this book, as well as the companion "The Spartans" by the same author. The narration was great and I was fascinated by the subject matter. However, this is history, and not the 'play in your car on the way to the grocery store' kind of history, either. It's far too dense for that. This is more of the 'listen with headphones and no distractions' variety of audiobook.
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- Euryleia

That was it?

I would have liked more detail about the Spartans and the battle. What was with that petty shot at Bush at the end. unworthy.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.