Monday, April 23, 2007

I just finished Persian Fire by Tom Holland.

This is a non-fiction book about the clashes between the Persian Empire and the Greeks but unlike most other books on this subject, it gives more than just lip service to the Persian side of the conflict. In addition to the usual info about the Spartans and Athenians, it gives a detailed background of the founding of the Persian Empire and the succession of rulers that lead up to Darius/Xerxes attempts to conquer the Greeks and punish the Athenians.

Nicely written and a good starting point for anyone interested in ancient Greek history.

Amazon Link: Persian Fire

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