Thousands of years ago, Herodotus & Plutarch immortalized Spartan society in their histories. Today, little is left of the ancient city or the social structure of this culture. One of the few antiquarian marks of the civilization that has survived lies scores of miles away from Sparta, at a narrow Greek mountain pass called Thermopylae. It was there that three hundred of Spartas finest warriors held back the invading millions of the Persian empire & valiantly gave their lives in the selfless service of democracy & freedom. A simple engraved stone marks their burial ground. Inspired by this stone and intrigued by the lore of Sparta, author Steven Pressfield has brilliantly combined scholarship with storytelling. Narrated by the sole survivor of the epic battle--a squire in the Spartan heavy infantry-- Gates of Fire is a mesmerizing depiction of one mans indoctrination into the Spartan way of life & death, & of the legendary men & women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying & horrifying epic battle, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery & heartbreaking romance into a literary page-turner that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.