The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Preface by the author
Hand-drawn maps and a new image selection illustrate the Folio Society edition of Persian Fire – the bloodthirsty c
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.
A UNIQUE EDITION OF A BEST-SELLER
Our edition is illustrated with a new picture selection which includes gold artefacts from the Oxus treasure, statues and reliefs from the royal palaces of Persepolis and Susa, and a bronze Persian helmet from the Battle of Marathon. Fifteen new hand-drawn maps detail political boundaries – such as Greece, Attica and the West – and battle strategies, including Marathon, Plataea and Thermopylae. The cloth binding features an imposing full-page portrait of a sculpture from Persepolis by celebrated artist Ken Barton.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth with a design by Kent Barton
Set in Spectrum
Frontispiece, 24 pages of colour plates and 15 black & white integrated maps