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Gates of Fire ist ein historischer Roman von Steven Pressfield aus dem Jahr , der die Schlacht von Thermopylae durch Xeones, einen in Astakos geborenen Perioikoi und einen von nur drei griechischen Überlebenden der Schlacht, erzählt. Gates of. Gates of Fire | Pressfield, Steven | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae | Pressfield, Steven | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und. Thalia: Infos zu Autor, Inhalt und Bewertungen ❤ Jetzt»Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae«nach Hause oder Ihre Filiale vor Ort. Inhaltsangabe zu "Gates Of Fire". An epic heroic novel, set in Ancient Greece, and based on the true story of the Battle of Thermopylae in BC. This is the.
The national bestseller! At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae von Pressfield, Steven beim floreo.be - ISBN - ISBN - Bantam. Gates of Fire | Pressfield, Steven | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon.
Ironically, wars also bring into focus how amazing and inspiring humanity can be. This book counters the fear and terror of war with perseverance, strength, and flaming resilience.
Despite not being a soldier, I do believe that there are tons of incredibly positive messages you can get from reading this book. The prose was evocative and powerful, capable of igniting a variety of emotions.
Pressfield also truly dived into the philosophy and psychology of the Spartans extremely well. Every word—even when they were info dumping—is imbued with a savage gravitational pull that utterly gripped me.
Every scene was important in order to reach the culmination found in the final sections of the book, which was awe-inspiring.
A kindling ember of hope was lit by the Spartans from the battle that results in a deluge of blood in the gates of fire, turning flesh and blood into gifts for Hades.
This battle eventually would become the turning point for a future victory against the Persians and I enjoyed every moment of reading this book.
Read this book when you want to defeat Phobos fear and know in the end that strength in camaraderie, love, and good leadership always have a lot of power to pull you out of tough situations.
A king does not dine while his men go hungry, nor sleep when they stand at watch upon the wall. A king does not command his men's loyalty through fear nor purchase it with gold; he earns their love by the sweat of his own back and the pains he endures for their sake.
That which comprises the harshest burden, a king lifts first and sets down last. A king does not require service of those he leads but provides it to them A king does not expend his substance to enslave men, but by his conduct and example makes them free.
View all 56 comments. Jan 26, Randy rated it it was amazing Shelves: military. Gates of Fire is one of my favorite books I first read it back when I was in the Marine Corps.
The author himself is a former Marine, and draws upon his experiences to create a compellingly insightful look at the mental and psychological makeup of a soldier.
The concepts of self-sacrifice, service, community, camaraderie, and duty are the thematic core of this historic novel.
Steven Pres Gates of Fire is one of my favorite books Steven Pressfield does more than just tell the story of what happened during the battle of Thermopylae which in and of itself is a phenomenal story , he uses it as a backdrop for studying the psychological makeup of what a soldier should be.
There is more philosophy in this book than one would expect from a war novel, but this is why I consider it both insightful, and at times inspiring…even after the fifth read.
This is a great book for anyone who is thinking of, or soon will be joining military service. Anyone wishing to gain insight on how a military is supposed to function should read this book.
Anyone wishing insight to the mind of a soldier should read this book. Those who are confused as to why a friend or loved one wants to join the military can very likely gain their answers from this book.
View all 13 comments. Dec 21, Terry rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-challenge , audio-book , historical-fiction. Wow, I loved this.
To imagine the reality of this tale to be rooted in real history is beyond my ability. May the memories of their deeds of honor, bravery and valor never be lost.
This particular telling and the audiobook is terrific. If historical fiction is something you might enjoy, do not miss this book.
View all 4 comments. Jul 12, Terri rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , europe-fiction , own , favorites. What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said here on it's review page Dense, and detailed and clever and, in many places, exhilarating.
Sometimes I felt that the author was being too clever. Sacrificing flow for sometimes not so relevant story background. There is quite a lot of too-ing and fro-ing in this book.
Jumping backwards and forwards between different times and sometimes it worked for me and sometimes it didn't. That is why I nea What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said here on it's review page That is why I nearly gave Gates of Fire 4 stars instead of I didn't have a problem with the backwards and forwards through the meat of the book, but by the last third of the book, once it was time to leave for Thermopylae, and once they were there, the flow was often a bit too constricted by Pressfield jumping out of the tense rushing storyline, into other slower laid back storylines.
It took a long while, it seemed, before the real battle of Thermopylae was fought. And when it was. My heart broke. It is odd.
You know the story of those three hundred. Knew their fate, but it didn't make it any easier when the time came for the end. They went to the Hot Gates to die, and die they did.
Pressfield is a man of high talent when it comes to writing and I can't believe it has taken me this long to finally read this book.
But boy am I glad I did. View 1 comment. Jul 20, Smokey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Service members and those who wish to understand them.
Soldiers are philosophers by trade, as opposed to nature. Whether they are gifted logicians or readers or not, their profession demands a close association with death and life, fear and courage, love and hate, joy and sorrow.
A soldier gets acquainted with these, not as abstract ideas, but as intimate realities which are a part of the day-to-day environment. When faced with such larger-than-life concepts, though, words often fail, no matter how important or meaningful a place they hold in every d Soldiers are philosophers by trade, as opposed to nature.
When faced with such larger-than-life concepts, though, words often fail, no matter how important or meaningful a place they hold in every day life.
We service-folk aren't mythical or demonic, we aren't legendary or infamous, we are neither "The Greatest Generation," nor the worst. But having tried to communicate something of what I've seen and felt, I realize now just why so many who served so honorably chose to remain so silent as to their experiences.
This book, Gates of Fire , says all of those things I couldn't say. As you may guess, the book centers upon the Battle of Thermopylae, the same subject as the movie As you read through the book, you will see why that movie treated it the way it did.
But the book goes further than just the names, dates, and places; it is not "history" in the strictest sense, though it strives for such accuracy as historical records can offer.
More so Gates of Fire delves into the why and the wherefore: why did these men go, knowing they would die? The book excels in this effort, bringing the concepts of the heroic into terms that the average reader can immediately grasp, or at least imagine.
The book also shows quite graphically the scenes of warfare. As one seasoned veteran asks a shaken youngster "What did you expect?
What sort of wounds did you suppose the sword and spear would cause? I have never marched in a phalanx with spear and shield.
I have never truly closed with the enemy, or grappled with him in anger. But if you want to know what a soldier thinks, lives, and feels, read this book.
The times and technologies have changed, but the principles have really not. Thank you, Mr. Pressfield for writing this.
View all 10 comments. Shelves: my-home-library , historical-war-novels. One of the best book I've read lately. With ease, I was drawn into the story of Spartans.
In my head, I imagined each piece of equipment and felt the anticipation of oncoming battles that have become legends. No one can remain indifferent to the heroism of the Spartans who opposed the massive Persian army.
Absolutely amazing. Anyone interested in ancient history or military fiction simply must read "Gates of Fire.
Steven Pressfield has an amazing gift for transplanting the reader into his era of choice. I could attempt to spend hours writing a witty review, but ultimately it would not do this book justice.
So do yourself a favor and add it to your "To Read" shelf, or the gods will surely curs Absolutely amazing. So do yourself a favor and add it to your "To Read" shelf, or the gods will surely curse you and your offspring from this day until the end of time.
The shore has expanded outwards dramatically and a highway has been plowed through the middle. Visitors to the site spend upwards of five minutes wandering the short distance from the little parking lot to the hill of the last stand before passing by on their way to more inspiring destinations 2.
They could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. Why was this unimpressive site, of all places, chosen for the Greek stand against the vast armies of Persia?
And how could a few thousand men possibly imagine they could block any decently-sized force from coming through? You can see what I mean by watching Spartans, filmed on location at the Hot Gates just before the highway went up.
Not anymore. And so we have to turn to literature to bring the place to life. And no account of the battle is more famous than Gates of Fire.
I have issues. To be specific: The central frame seems a little forced. Xerxes demanding a novel-length account from a Greek survivor? There were too many timeline shifts given to us in an unnecessarily complex way.
And there are even timejumps within these timejumps, further impeding our ability to understand. At least partly as a result of this the characterization suffers and it takes us longer than it should to get to know these characters.
Greece was a pretty brutal place to grow up, but it still had its pleasures and at no point did there seem much worth living for as opposed to dying for.
But then the buildup to the battle starts and everything develops a purpose. And the account of Thermopylae is spectacular.
The battle feels real and intimate and bloody. Pressfield was a Marine and it shows vividly in his writing. This was not one of those times.
Generally at least. The description of hoplite warfare felt real, particularly the way the scrum oozes through the cracks of the enemy line.
The various elements of the Spartan state the assembly, the dual monarchy, the krypteia, the agoge Odd too, since the mentorship between Alexandros and Dienekes seems very much the sort of structured homosexual relationships the Spartans and Greeks more generally encouraged.
Yet the only reference to gay sex is when the Greeks are mocking the Persians! Xeones is an outsider to Sparta, little more than a slave, and is often abused by those he idolizes.
The first conflict we see is one of the many minor Greek-on-Greek conflicts as one city-state sought to dominate another.
And that is what the Greeks will return to as soon as the Persian War is over. I was a little surprised that the oncoming Persian invasion was dealt with in such isolation.
We get references to Spartan efforts to shore up alliances, but we get little specific and never really find out what obstacles they faced aside from fear.
We also get little to no detail about Marathon, the Ionian Revolt not even mentioned , the causes of the invasion more generally, or the grand Hellenic council.
I think this was a bit of a missed opportunity to show the tenuous nature of the Greek alliance and what held them together, but I can tell that Pressfield is a bit singleminded in his focus on the experience of war.
A modern army of that size marching on modern roads would stretch for 1, miles. In WW2, America could only field an army of seven million.
And that they could keep them supplied in enemy teritories without access to trains, trucks, motorized ships, or any of the various types of farm equipment and fertilizer available to modern man?
Yeah right. A British army officer stationed in the region once did the math and determined that for such an army even draining the rivers dry would not stop it dying of thirst if it tried to invade Greece.
This is probably the best account of Thermopylae out there. The battle comes to life in a way only the best novels can achieve.
The brotherhood formed by combat is really pushed here and characters who seem unlikable at first become more so over time. This tells the story of Themistocles and his leadership of Athens during and after the war and can provide a useful counterpoint to the more gung-ho account in this book.
Naval warfare is truly underdeveloped in historical fiction for this period. We do not speak of the modern memorial. View all 5 comments.
May 24, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing Shelves: top-books. This book is about the Battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece, where Spartans fought to the death.
The main character of the book is a slave who is captured by the Spartans. Even though he is a slave of the Spartans, he begins to admire their bravery and courage.
We also see the slave become a warrior who fights next to the Spartans. This wa This book is about the Battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece, where Spartans fought to the death.
This was a surprising book for me. I wasn't expecting to like it and ended up loving it. This is also probably one of the better books on war that has ever been written.
Jun 13, Trevor rated it really liked it Recommended to Trevor by: Richard. Shelves: history , literature.
This was an interesting book. It was well told and, from what I know, an accurate enough telling of the story of the Herodotus also tells this story in his histories and it is hardly surprising that a tale of so few holding off an army of so many should be remembered as one of the great military stories of all time.
This one is told through the eyes of a capture This was an interesting book. This one is told through the eyes of a captured assistant to the Spartans who is asked by the Persian king to tell his story and who does so in quite some depth and detail.
The odd thing was that this story is told really by an historian of the Persians, and normally this would, within the context of the novel, raise concerns over the accuracy of the story as told and translated from the Greek and into Persian for the king.
The convoluted process involved in the telling of the story was not really to get the reader to question the accuracy of what was being told, but rather to find a way to get many of the threads in the story to all line up.
This is a story about bravery and what it takes to be brave, and I guess that is exactly the sort of thing people in the army would expect to learn.
This is interesting, as it does involve some fascinating mental gymnastics. This is a remarkable story and well told here in a way a modern audience would be much more likely to enjoy.
Many of the famous lines are all here, from fighting in the shade due to the number of arrows the Persians would be able to fire to telling the emissary of the Persians 'to come and get them' referring to the Greek weapons after being asked to hand them over.
I kept thinking that it was odd that it was mostly told in first person, as generally these stories are told in omniscient narration, and this made me think that perhaps modern tellings of stories like this are much more likely to be told through the eyes of an individual.
Anyway, I enjoyed this more than I thought I might. View 2 comments. Feb 15, Stan rated it did not like it.
Highly recommended to me, but highly disappointing. This is a romanticized historical fictional account of the Spartans' stand at Thermopylae against the massively superior forces of Xerxes.
It does offer a depiction of the warrior culture of Sparta. One of the major humor touchstones was a character whose catchphrase was "Wake up to this", which cracked e Highly recommended to me, but highly disappointing.
One of the major humor touchstones was a character whose catchphrase was "Wake up to this", which cracked everyone up because it sounded like "Weck up to thees".
Not only is that not that funny, but it doesn't really work for me because it takes me away from picturing these guys speaking Greek, and becomes a comedy of guys talking in amusingly accented English like Cheech and Chong.
I'll allow a star for the research the author did for the background for the book. View all 3 comments. Aug 08, David rated it liked it Shelves: read-fiction.
Then I realized that I couldn't write a coherent review of it, because I still, in spite of the intervening years, am an incandescent tower of blistering but impotent rage at the senseless loss of life and treasure which resulted from the blunderings of the George W.
Bush administration in the Middle East in the first decade of this century. This rage colored my every word and thought.
It's not the book's fault that some people seemed to view it as a justification of the U. I'll try to write a review of this book sometime when I've calmed down, maybe in 20 years.
Why bother to read books? After all, there's no money in reading, and it will not help you to obtain a fashionably well-developed musculature.
I don't understand why other people read books, but then again, I don't understand why people do pretty much everything, including but not limited to going to flea markets, voting for defenders of the rights of the well-to-do, and having interest in the lives of movie stars, to name just a few.
I read books because my mental picture of myself is a piece of meat in a cage. I am a prisoner, stuck like a bug in amber in a class, time, space, nationality, residence, psychology, and function.
I often flatter myself that my place in the world is of my own choosing but it is really the result of forces which were in motion long before I was born and will continue to influence the world long after everyone's forgotten that I ever lived.
Animated with that cheerful thought, I wonder if life appears this way to everyone else. Many people seem to be acting and behaving very differently from me, most relevantly, in this case, soldiers.
Since it is not yet possible to engage in Matrix -like entry into soldiers' consciousnesses, the closest that I can get to understanding why soldiers act so completely different from me is to read books about them.
It's still difficult for me to understand why anyone would willingly ignore the pointless bullying, the tedious machismo, the cynical grasping and snatching after pathetic shreds of power, and the sheer unadulterated lunacy all adequately portrayed in this novel that seem to invariably accompany military life.
Why get up in the morning? Why take one route to work and not the other? Why order a croissant and not a banana nut muffin? Why do a good job at work when a crummy job will suffice?
Why sit? Why stand? When you are a part of a team, any team, it helps everything else to make sense. If you are part of a fighting team, life not only makes sense, but you have a purpose as well.
You get up in the morning, you have a place to go. It makes a difference whether you shine your shoes. There's a right way to lay your shield on the ground, and a wrong way.
You have friends and colleagues to admire, and to be admired by. You are a nobly small part of a fine upstanding tradition, without which the Persians would overrun civilization, leaving us to wallow in our own filth while listening to goateed Brooklyn hipsters complain about the deficit of adequate post-apocalyptic arugula.
I guess it's just about time for another dose of medication. Before I join the line at the nurse's window, I'd like to say that reading this book about people with a purpose was a worthwhile use of time, but I'm not sure that present-day people who read this book and see their purpose reflected in the life and achievements of the Spartans actually understand the Spartans, or themselves.
View all 6 comments. Told from the perspective of a captured, critically wounded Spartan helot all the Spartans died, after all who is being questioned by Xerxes King of Persia for information about the Greeks, the story presents a sympathetic, insider view of Spartan society and accurately presents the values of Greek civilization in contrast to that of the Persians.
Pressfield is intimately familiar with the major historical accounts of the battle and fills in the many gaps with events and conversations that could have, and possibly should have, happened.
Leonidas, one of two kings of Sparta, leads Spartans to Thermopylae in the attempt to delay the Persian army from reaching Greece before the Greeks have time to prepare the resistance.
In ancient times, Thermopylae was the site of a narrow pass between the mountains and the sea, only wide enough for a few men to walk shoulder to shoulder.
Joined by allies from other Greek cities Argos and Thespis, as I recall , the total number of fighting men was approximately 1, to face Xerxes mighty army, which ancient accounts number in the millions.
The Spartans use superior technology bronze armor and weapons , superior training, and superior tactics the deadly phalanx to hold the Persians for three days.
Even Persia's elite fighting force, the dreaded Immortals, are unable to defeat the Spartans. Treachery, however, proves the undoing of the Spartans.
Ephialtes not the misshapen expatriate Spartan of the moview "" sells information to the Persians, revealing a hidden path through the mountains.
Surrounded, the Spartans refuse to surrender, preferring to fight to the death in order to demonstrate their superiority and to strike fear into the hearts of the Persians, who will soon have to face larger Greek armies.
The death toll for the Persians is in the high thousands. Although not in the book, the sacrifice of the Spartans ultimately pays off. For, after sacking Athens, Xerxes is defeated in two decisive battles: Salamis, in which the Athenian navy destroys the Persian fleet, deprives Xerxes of much needed supplies; Plataea, in which the combined armies of Sparta and other allies defeats the Persian army.
Greece, and along with it, Western Civilization is saved from Persian slavery, and the path is paved for the Golden Age of Athens.
The book is an incredibly good read. I have recommended the book to many different people of various backgrounds and interests.
None have been able to put it down. Mar 08, Alicja rated it it was amazing Shelves: war-military-battle , ancient-world , historical-fiction , pre-gun-battles , ancient-greece , male-author , ancient-persia , arec-for-t , dream-library.
I am a sucker for well written battles and soldier camaraderie and this was it, one of the best I've read so far. It was filled with a ton of historical accuracy, from the events to the historical people and through battle techniques, Spartan battle training and laws, through to how ancient Greece looked, felt, and even smelled.
The description and details were captivating. The character development was good as well, I fell in love with Xeo and his telling of Alexandros, Dienekes, Leonidas, Suicide, Polynikes, and others.
However, the story was told by Xeo, looking retroactively at the battle and the lives of the Spartans, as told to the Persian Great King Xerxes and involved jumping through time in a non-linear fashion.
It also included some notes from a Persian historian, as if he were recording the story and happenings currently, post Battle of Thermopylae.
I understand why the author made those choices, there were things that Xeo couldn't witness and an understanding we could only get from a Persian POV.
I get it. Still, it served to drag me away from the story and my emotional involvement with it, and sometimes even caused confusion as to the timeline.
The disruption wasn't terrible but it was enough to strip this novel of its potential to be one of my all-time favorites.
Despite this, it was still amazing, brilliant, and breathtaking; a worthy read and one of the better ones on ancient Greece.
I would recommend it to everyone, especially those that love historically accurate detail and ancient military history, tactics, and battles.
Nov 03, Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing. Whilst Frank Miller's may have captured the spirit of the battle of Thermopylae - elephants and wizards not withstanding, Steven Pressfield takes a much more realist approach.
Greece in BC is presented as a place of constant warfare united only by the prospect of imminent Persian invasion. The Spartans are as brutal and oppressive as they are stoic and courageous, so much so in fact that the Persians seem a relatively civilised and cultured lot in comparison.
Despite the repugnance much Whilst Frank Miller's may have captured the spirit of the battle of Thermopylae - elephants and wizards not withstanding, Steven Pressfield takes a much more realist approach.
Despite the repugnance much of Spartan life may arouse in the modern mind, it's hard not to feel some admiration for their utter refusal to accept subjugation in any form.
History lessons aside, it's in the battle scenes that this book really comes to life, the physical strain and merciless nature of close quarters fighting in the age of the hoplite has never been more vividly captured, even without the battle elephants.
Feb 22, Chris Berko rated it it was amazing. About ten years ago I watched a movie titled House of Flying Daggers that my friend said was "a feast of the senses.
The sets, scenery, costumes, and colors were beautiful, the script and pacing were a perfect blend of action, intrigue, drama, and romance, and the fighting scenes were well choreographed and edit About ten years ago I watched a movie titled House of Flying Daggers that my friend said was "a feast of the senses.
The sets, scenery, costumes, and colors were beautiful, the script and pacing were a perfect blend of action, intrigue, drama, and romance, and the fighting scenes were well choreographed and edited perfectly for sound and sight.
The novel is narrated by Xeones, a perioikoi and one of only three Greek survivors of the Battle of Thermopylae. His story is dictated to King Xerxes and transcribed by his court historian , Gobartes.
At Thermopylae , the allied Greek nations deployed a small force of four thousand Greek heavy infantry against the invading Persian army of two million strong.
Leading the Greeks was a small force of three hundred Spartans , chosen because they were all "sires" — men who had to have sons who could preserve their blood line, should they fall in battle.
Thermopylae was the only gateway into Greece for the Persian army, and presented the perfect choke point — a narrow pass bordered by a huge mountain wall on one side and a cliff drop-off to the sea on the other.
This area decreased the Persians' advantage of having large numbers. Delaying the Persian advance here would give the Greek allies enough time to ready a larger, main force to defend against the Persians.
The battle takes place simultaneously with the sea battle at Artemisium , where the Allied Greek forces hoped to protect the flank of the army at Thermopylae whilst not being cut off themselves.
The Greeks were at a disadvantage at Artemisium, as at Thermopylae - the Persians outnumbered the Allies, and most of the Athenian ships were newly built and manned by inexperienced crews - and both sides suffered heavy losses in the sea battle.
The novel is told from either the perspective of the royal scribe to the Persian king Xerxes, as he records the story of Xeones, after the battle, or in the first person from Xeones' point of view.
Though Xeones is critically wounded in the battle, the Persian King Xerxes orders his surgeons to make every effort to keep the captive squire alive.
Much of the narrative explores Spartan society, particularly the agoge , which is the military training program which all young Spartan boys must complete to become citizens of Sparta.
The novel also details the heroics of several dozen Spartans, including the King of Sparta, Leonidas ,  the Olympic champion Polynikes , a young Spartan warrior named Alexandros, and the Spartan officer Dienekes.
Pressfield employs detailed descriptions of the Spartan phalanx in battle, as well as the superior training and discipline of the Spartan warriors.
Kirkus Reviews called it "A triumph in historical fiction". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Gates of Fire album.