By Steven Pressfield
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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain move in northern Greece, the scary and trendy Spartan infantrymen stood 300 robust. Theirs was once a suicide challenge, to carry the go opposed to the invading thousands of the robust Persian army.
Day after bloody day they withstood the bad onslaught, purchasing time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born right into a cult of religious braveness, actual persistence, and unequalled conflict ability, the Spartans will be remembered for the best army stand in history--one that might now not finish until eventually the rocks have been awash with blood, leaving just one gravely injured Spartan squire to inform the tale....
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield