Tom Holland's brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history. Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West is a historical study of the Persian Empire by popular historian Tom Holland, first published in. Persian Fire has ratings and reviews. Fortunr said: I am going So I decided to fill in the gap with Persian Fire by Tom Holland. The author provides a. Holland's amazing gift of story-telling. Vielen Dank für Ihr Feedback. I also found it a much slower read than I expected, chewing on it for the better part of two weeks. Einkaufswagen ansehen 0 Artikel 0 Artikel 0 Artikel. In Holland's work, Democracy is presented less as a philosophical belief that the common man should have some say in the form of their government rather than the aristocracy, or that positions of authority ought not be exclusive to inheritance, all of which arose as a consequence of Greek philosophers gathering to determine the most equitable method of rule. A sophisticated and universal legal system On the other hand, though, Tom Holland's prose is remarkably vivid, more readable and exciting than many books of fiction I've read. Or is it the author's poetic license? In comparative terms, the Persians are in this book given a fairer treatment than in many other similar popular history books, and this is commendable. I never really knew much about the period other than Thermopylae, but this has made me so interested in the Persian Empire, the beginnings of Greek democracy, and the great battles, Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea I'll confess, I was first prompted into reading this by seeing the film a few years, and I'm so glad I did. And the Empire's second founder, Xerxes's father Darius, yielded to none in his absolute devotion to the Lord Ahura Mazda: Really essential if you want to enjoy key historical events. Preview — Persian Fire by Tom Holland. Published May 2nd by DoubleDay first published The rise of Suchbilder deutsch emperors: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West ISBN ISBN Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today. Their food was famously revolting, consisting in the main of a black, bloody broth.