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Gates of Fire
The Battle of Thermopylae between a small force several thousand Spartans and their Greek allies against an overwhelming army from Asia under Persian King Xerxes command in 480 BC is told by the lone surviving Greek a squire named Xeones. Xerxes is the ambitious heir, son of Darius the former great ruler of the Persian Empire, wishing to forge his own glorious legacy through conquest of the Hellenic nations who have been at war with Persia for hundreds ...
The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great
This is the life story of Alexander as narrated by him at various stages of his life. He trains from a very young age to become a warrior prince at age eighteen commanding his first battalion of cavalry against the Theban elite forces at the battle of Chaeronea under the leadership of his father Philip King of Macedon. Alexander ascends the throne at the age of 20 when Philip is assassinated. Already a brilliant military strategist and a fearless lead...