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Gates of Fire is a historical fiction novel by Steven Pressfield that recounts the Battle of Thermopylae through Xeones, a perioikoi  free but non-citizen inhabitant of Sparta born in Astakos ,  and one of only three Greek survivors of the battle. The novel stresses the literary themes of fate and irony as well as the military themes of honor , duty , stoicism , and esprit de corps. 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.
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae Steven Pressfield Book Descriptions: Pressfield s first novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was about golf, but here he puts aside his putter and picks up sword and shield as he cleverly and convincingly portrays the clash between Greek hoplites and Persian heavy infantry in the most heroic confrontation of the Hellenic Age: the battle of Thermopylae "the Hot Gates" in B. The terrifying spectacle of classical infantry battle becomes vividly clear in his epic treatment of the Greeks magnificent last stand against the invading Persians. Driven to understand the courage and sacrifice of his Greek foes, the Persian king, Xerxes, compels Xeones, a captured Greek slave, to explain why the Greeks would give their lives to fight against overwhelming odds. Xeones tale covers his years of training and adventure as the loyal and devoted servant of Dienekes, a noble Spartan soldier, and he describes the six-day ordeal during which a few hundred Greeks held off thousands of Persian spears and arrows, until a Greek traitor Driven to understand the courage and sacrifice of his Greek foes, the Persian king, Xerxes, compels Xeones, a captured.
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