Nelson demille at thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in. One day i was reading herodotus the histories for probably the twentieth time when i came to this passage about the 300 spartans and the battle of thermopylae. Nov 28, 2012 book report by lcpl schafte, ryan m title. Gates of fire an epic novel of the battle of thermopylae steven pressfield isbn.
Movie rights for this novel have been acquired by universal studios for george clooney and robert lawrences maysville pictures. The time period is back in the age of warriors, kings, and barbaric hoards fighting over the lands. The gates of fire community note includes chapterbychapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. Discover similar books recommended by the worlds most successful people in 2020. Book report of gates of fire by christopher ruiz on prezi. Enemy at the gates is a narrative full of eye witness accounts that makes the battle of stalingrad come to life. There, a few hundred of spartas finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading persian millions. I had no idea what i would do after the legend of bagger vance.
These warriors, women, mentors, kings, and children evoke love, fear, and honor from the very first paragraph. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae a thousand years from now leonidas declared, two thousand, three thousand years hence, men a hundred generations yet unborn may, for their private purposes, make journey to our country. Gates of fire is the fiction, thriller, history and military novel which describe the battle between spartan and persian soldiers. It narrates the passage of a newly deceased soul into the next world, corresponding to the journey of the sun through the underworld during the hours of the night. Teach your students to analyze literature like litcharts does. Gates of fire is a 1998 historical fiction novel by steven pressfield that recounts the battle of thermopylae through xeones, a perioikoi free but noncitizen inhabitant of sparta born in astakos, and one of only three greek survivors of the battle. Gates of fire is a 1998 historical fiction novel by steven pressfield that recounts the battle of. I promise you that this book will haunt you through the rest of your days. I believe this is the best of pressfields works, so it is nice to finally see this book in audio. Gates of fire is a wonderful story, vividly told and built on pageturner techniques as effective as any ive ever met. The time they bought enabled the greeks to rallysaving, according to ancient historian herodotus, western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.
Dec 04, 2018 bill gates unveils his 5 favorite books of 2016 bill gates reveals his new favorite book of all time westovers experience is an extreme version of something everyone goes through with their. The book has been developed to make it easy for commercial and residential property owners, architects, builders, gate companies, sign companies and others to fully understand the emergency access requirements of the phoenix fire. My opinion on this book is that it is a great and interesting read that captures the attention of the. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae by steven pressfield. It is taught at west point, the united states naval academy, and at the marine corps the basic school. Steven pressfield is currently working on a book about alcibiades. Battle of thermopylae novels set in ancient greece novels set in ancient persia doubleday publisher books cultural depictions of xerxes i. Base library the author utilizes his experience as a former marine to create a story of camaraderie and dedication to ones country, even at the cost of paying the ultimate price for a nation to be free from tyranny. August 1999 content historical note quote book one xerxes chapter one chapter two chapter three chapter four chapter five chapter six chapter seven book two alexandros chapter eight chapter nine chapter ten chapter eleven book three rooster. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading gates of. These chapters contain electronic files, which make up the emergency access regulations book. A massive wildfire has surrounded tassajara mountain center. The young squire xeones is pulled from beneath a burned battle wagon when the carnage finally ends at the narrow mountain pass where. A king does not dine while his men go hungry, nor sleep when they stand at watch upon the wall.
Australia is the original publication place of the book. For me, the most surprising aspect of gates of fire was the nuance pressfields gave to spartan women. Description of gates of fire by steven pressfield pdf gates of fire is the military, thriller, fiction and history novel which describe the battle events between two great nations. Gates of fire is a 1998 historical fiction novel by steven pressfield that recounts the battle of thermopylae through xeones, a perioikoi born in astakos, and one of only three greek survivors of the battle. In gates of fire, xeo is raised to revere and memorize portions of homers the iliad and the odyssey, epic poems of the trojan war which were written several hundred years before the novels action and are foundational for greek literature and culture. Like most of pressfields work, gates of fire deals with the common soldier, the grunt. Not many would understand exactly why, except, perhaps, a marine. Gates of fire book report 1089 words 5 pages gates of fire book report title. Gates of fire is an historical novel about the immortal military stand of an elite group of spartan warriors at thermopylae against the invading persian millions. Gates of fire puts you at the side of valiant spartan warriors in 480 bc for the bloody, climactic battle at thermopylae. The book has been developed to make it easy for commercial and residential property owners, architects, builders, gate companies, sign companies and others to fully understand the emergency access requirements of the phoenix fire department and fire code. Steven pressfield reports receiving many emails from military readers deployed in afghanistan and iraq.
The phoenix fire department requires automatic vehicle gates at residential and commercial properties to have a fire department key switch on both sides of the gate. In fact, i have only one minor quibble, in that the voice adopted for polynikes sounds like a 40 year old man rather than a 23 year old. Base library the author utilizes his experience as a former marine to create a story of camaraderie and dedication to ones country, even at the cost of paying the ultimate price for a nation to be. Steven pressfield is a wellknown author when it comes to the military fiction, nonfiction as well as the historical fiction. Steven pressfield is the author of this classic novel. If i sound too enraptured, too possesssed, i apologize. Steven pressfield gates of fire audiobook online free. National bestseller an incredibly gripping, moving, and literate work of art, rarely does an author manage to recreate a moment in history with such mastery, authority, and psychological insight.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading gates of fire. The novel stresses the literary themes of fate and irony as well as the military themes of honor, duty, stoicism, and e. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Find industrial engine hoses, belts and accessories by category, gates specs, and hose types in the 2018 products catalog. Catalog also includes an engine hose design guide for custom gates solutions. Mar 21, 2019 the writer of gates of fire is an american author. A triumph in historical fiction best describes this stirring account of the famous battle of thermopylae, told by the lone survivor before succumbing to his wounds, in a logical followup to pressfields homeric take on golf, the legend of bagger vance 1995. Books similar to gates of fire by steven pressfield updated 2020. Author steven pressfield is perhaps bestknown at the moment for his book the legend of bagger vance, a story about golf, which has just been made into a film by robert redford. Filmrights to gates of fire have been taken up by george clooneys production company.
Zen mind meets wildfire at the gates of tassajara by colleen morton busch is the nonfiction account of the 2008 california fire which almost destroyed the tassajara zen mountain center. His first book legend of bagger vance is kind of a mystic novel about golf and life, and while good, is not in the same league as gates of fire. Apr 21, 2020 description of gates of fire by steven pressfield pdf gates of fire is the military, thriller, fiction and history novel which describe the battle events between two great nations. The story is really good, just the book itself is a lil lame. The book of gates is an ancient egyptian funerary text dating from the new kingdom. Steven pressfield author, george guidall narrator, recorded books publisher. My opinion on this book is that it is a great and interesting read that captures the.
A captive greek, named xeones, dictates his story to a scribe who works for the persian king, xerxes. Pressfield, i was wandering through waldenbooks with a coupon in my hand, unable to find any books that i truly wanted to buy when the cover of gates of fire caught my eye. The soul is required to pass through a series of gates at different stages in the journey. Pressfields 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. Instant downloads of all 1291 litchart pdfs including gates of fire. A last fortress ponders the desolation of the rest of their valley when a ragged stranger arrives at their gates with an incredible tale.
Pressfield, i was wandering through waldenbooks with a coupon in my hand, unable to find any books that i truly wanted to buy when the cover of. Gates of fire was not quite what i expected, but this does not in any way diminish its attraction. This story takes place in a place called the pass of thermopylae. The scribe forewarns xerxes that the story contains much foul language, but the king wants to read exactly what xeones has to say. Bill gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2018 cnet. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae kindle edition by pressfield, steven. Gates of fire is taught at west point, the united states naval academy, and the marine corps basic school. Xeones sustains lifethreatening battle wounds, and he had been.
Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on litcharts. Nelson demille at thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern greece, the feared and admired spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Download gates of fire by steven pressfield pdf novel free. It is lyrical, compelling, thought provoking, and soars above most works of historical fiction at least those that shrug in the mud of military historical fiction. Like most of pressfields work, gates of fire deals with the common soldier, the grunt, the squire. In order to write enemy at the gates 1973, a documentary account of the battle of stalingrad, craig travelled to three continents and interviewed hundreds of military and civilian survivors. Smith, hawaii when todays warriors read gates of fire by steven pressfield, they may have a sense of pride well up inside them. As a former marine, and also a little bit of a classics buff, gates of fire talks to me on a lot of. Pressfield bases his account of the battle of thermopylae on book vii of herodotus histories, which was written in 440 b. Gates of fire by steven pressfield pdf download ebookscart. His narrative is informed by a peoples history of greek history.
Thermopylae is found in the southern part of macedonia. Bill gates unveils his 5 favorite books of 2016 bill gates reveals his new favorite book of all time westovers experience is an extreme version of something everyone goes through with their. A new york times bestseller, the book inspired a film of the same name starring jude law and joseph fiennes. Melinda gates says this book has had the biggest impact on. An epic novel of the battle of thermopylae and millions of other books are available for instant access. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Gates of fire is on the commandant of the marine corps reading list. Gates of fire characters from litcharts the creators of. This allows the emergency personnel to access the property in the event of an emergency. Despite their eventual defeat, the greek forces became renowned for. The fire at the gates is a short story in the same setting as dragon over washington the third war of the bir nibaru gods. Gates told the cut that reading a few pages from nepos book is part of her morning routine, which includes waking up at 6. Steven pressfield is a wonderful writer, yet with gates of fire, he reaches a pitch of sublimity that rivals the gods. Gates of fire is a 1998 work of historical fiction by steven pressfield centered around the famous battle of thermopylae 480 bc, in which a heavilyoutnumbered force of native greeks led by the spartans held the invading army of the persian empire at bay for several days.
Five stars means a thought provoking and powerful reading experience. He is also the writer of many of the hollywood screenplays as well. The gates of fire community note includes chapterbychapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography. Gates of fire the unofficial elder scrolls pages uesp. The story is told from the perspective of those who stayed behind to protect tassajara. The young squire xeones is pulled from beneath a burned battle wagon when the carnage finally ends at the narrow.1481 222 1061 708 757 208 1192 833 327 599 963 1325 176 996 1517 274 811 391 1290 1094 1143 1148 609 1537 29 753 977 277 613 659 927 948 1522 617 1492 324 1048 1271 446 884 1136 684 1244 1428 1087