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In Kithairon's Shadow: A Novel of Ancient Greece and the Persian War
In 480 B.C., Xerxes I, king of the Persian Empire, led a vast and uncountable army intent on the domination of Europe. Only a tiny collection of Greek city-states stood in his path. At Thermopylae the Persians annihilated a small holding force commanded by King Leonidas of Sparta, then quickly marched on to Athens, reducing the city to ruins. Outnumbered and beset by treac ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 7th 2003 by iUniverse
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Mar 28, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
Absolutely engaging novel about the Greco-Persian War in ancient Greece. We are taken from the breathless announcement to the guests at an Athenian symposium [drinking party] of the fall of Thermopylae and massacre of the Spartans, to the decisive Battle of Plataea. We see incidents in the novel from vantage points of BOTH sides, Greek and Persian. Finally we're given closure to each main character's life. Written in an easy-to-understand style [except for the occasional "50 cent word"] and divi ...more
“After the defeat of Persians at the hands of Athenians, Xerxes I who is the Son of Darios, wants revenge for the humiliation at Marathon. A huge Persian army with all its allies in tow reaches the plains of Greece from Thermopylae where King Leonidas is killed finally with his 300 brave Spartans. Athens is razed to the ground and they are asked to submit themselves to the King as his allies. The Greeks refuse to bow down. The once warring neighbours Sparta & Athenians from an allied force w ...more