Reddit Reddit reviews Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

We found 26 Reddit comments about Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
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26 Reddit comments about Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae:

u/fkaginstrom · 56 pointsr/TrueReddit

Gates of Fire is a much better and more historically accurate fictionalized account of the battle of Thermopylae (told from the viewpoint of a Spartan slave, though not a Helot).

u/Stubb · 7 pointsr/books

For ancient Sparta, check out Gates of Fire. It's a fictional wrap to the Battle of Thermopylae and a real page turner.

u/ExcellentOdysseus · 5 pointsr/neoliberal

A book that was required reading at westpoint actually says as much

u/foxsable · 5 pointsr/Fantasy

Gates of fire is a really good read. I mean, it is a poetic retelling of the battle of Thermopylae, so not strictly speaking fantasy, but you may enjoy it anyway.

u/moby323 · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

Gates of Fire.

Its fiction, but pretty well researched historically.

u/docwilson · 4 pointsr/books

Gates of Fire is an account of the battle of Thermopylae, as told by the sole greek survivor, himself a Spartan slave. A fascinating look into spartan culture and tactics, this book is required reading at Annapolis, West Point, and Quantico. It will make you wish you'd been born a Spartan.

u/Raoc3 · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue

To add to this, the Immortals served the Persian Kings, including Darius' son, Xerxes, whose invasion of Greece included the Battle of Thermopylae and ended with the Battle of Salamis. I recommend the excellent book "Gates of Fire", which goes into great detail about the Battle of Thermopylae and the Spartans and their adversaries, the Persians.

u/deputy1389 · 3 pointsr/skyrim

If you haven't already, I would suggest reading Gates of Fire

u/BMXCowboy · 2 pointsr/malelifestyle

Most of my crew team read this in high school. I like to think it was at least partly responsible for who I am now along with rowing in general, of course. It taught me how to be tough, how to keep going despite being in physical pain, to always put the well-being of my friends first, and that if I have to down I should go down fighting. Fantastic read. Link

u/amaxen · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

By far the best book on getting a feel for what it was 'like' is actually a novel: Gates of Fire: A novel of Thermopylae. Highly recommended.

u/Macedonian_Pelikan · 2 pointsr/MensLib

I think boys can still read more adult literature. Maybe 8 or 9 is a bit young, but early on in high school was when I read Gates of Fire. It was very adult - it had rape, gore, swearing, and it also turned me onto history in such a big way that I now study the subject professionally. Yeah, it definitely would not fly as part of a school's curriculum, but thankfully I had teachers who either didn't give a fuck what we read or were just happy that we were reading on our own. It was my own book, not like they could really take it away anyway.

u/stuckinthepow · 2 pointsr/civ

If you want to know more of what happened, read The Gates of Fire. The battle field was fought between the west gate and the Phokian wall in what is called the Narrows or Thermopylae and sits off the Malian Gulf. The closest city was Antheia, not Sparta. Sparta is no where near Thermopylae. In fact, it was several days journey for the Spartans to get to their destination.

u/TheFamilyAlpha · 1 pointr/31DaystoMasculinity

Excellent work man, great progress.

Also, everything in this book is planned for a particular reason, trust me.

As for books, Gates of Fire is my favorite, the concept of brotherhood, duty, and masculine power are all covered within.

u/arod1086 · 1 pointr/videos

Taking the movie on its on merits it'll be a mindless effects laden summer movie blockbuster type so you shouldn't expect much in terms of mind blowing writing and the such. Now what I take offense too, and this is something Hollywood continues to do, is take incredibly interesting historical events, which on their own merits are remarkable stories in it of them selves and completely change the stories to make them more "bad ass" and appeal to a general blockbuster style fan base. Take 300 for example, now nothing wrong with Frank Miller's amazing graphic novel, or Zack Snyder's direction of the adaptation BUT now we'll never see a real true telling of the battle of Thermopylae or at best have to wait like 20 years since the rights to Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire are locked away in the phantom zone of Hollywood. The story of the 47 Ronin is amazing and should be told as it happened, not with dragon ladies, giant armored Samurai monsters and Keanu wielding a lightsaber katana. Also, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a pretty damn fun read...which Hollywood dumbed down beyond possible levels and changed pretty much everything in the book, in fact they pretty much just share Abraham Lincoln and little else. - Ends rant, Steps off soap box. (Also fist post here so if it was way too long sorry lol)

u/hipsterparalegal · 1 pointr/books

Gates of Fire by Steve Pressfield. It's 300 for grown-ups:

u/General_Specific · 1 pointr/books
u/grunte30 · 1 pointr/Military

I don't think anyone mentioned Fire at the Gates yet

I read this book for the first time back in 04 while I was in Iraq. I've read it 5 times since. It's beat the hell up but I'm too attached to this copy to give it up. But if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

u/ZekeUSMC0844 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

300 was fuckin stupid. Read this

u/PlatnumPlatypus · 1 pointr/AskReddit

"Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield. An epic novel spanning the life of a Spartan helot into the maturing man fighting in the Battle of Thermopalyae. Highly reccommended as the retired marines insight provides an underlying sense of valor and admiration to the Spartans tough military lifetsyle.

u/BlindSwordzzman · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I highly recommend "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield if anyone is interested in reading about Spartan culture and the battle of Thermopylae specifically. It is fiction, but very good.

u/Pizzadude · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/MrFrode · 1 pointr/AskMen

Lots of good stuff out there. You might look at

  • Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground"
  • Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire"