Persian Fire

The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Tom Holland
Preface by the author

Hand-drawn maps and a new image selection illustrate the Folio Society edition of Persian Fire – the bloodthirsty clash of civilisations by the master of classical history, Tom Holland.

In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece as part of his greater plan of world domination. With a force greatly outnumbering the opposition, conquest seemed a formality: the city states of Greece were considered small strategic obstacles to be swept aside. However, the reality panned out rather differently and a dramatic and bloody half-century of warfare ensued with the Greeks ultimately forcing the Persians to retreat and retaining control of their homeland against incredible odds. 

‘Masterly, panoramic, gripping’

  1. Guardian

Bound in printed and blocked cloth with a design by Kent Barton

Set in Spectrum

440 pages

Frontispiece, 24 pages of colour plates and 15 black & white integrated maps

Plain slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

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