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« on: April 30, 2007, 09:52:37 PM »

First of all, I imagine you've all either seen 300 or at least caught a whiff of its tantalizing musk, which is a finely-crafted blend of homoeroticism and awesome. Now I've got to tell you all about a totally sweet novel about the Battle of Thermopylae, called "Gates of Fire", by a guy named Steven Pressfield. The book is narrated by the sole Greek survivor of the Spartans, and he's relaying his story to king Xerxes after the Spartans all die. The book is really well researched, and it's an awesome story. It would have made a phenomenal movie, and there's a bunch of sweet action scenes described, along with characters that while not terribly three-dimensional, are definitely likeable. Anyway, if you liked 300, and you like well-researched historical fiction, then read "Gates of Fire", by Steven Pressfield. But don't take my word for it!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2007, 10:16:26 PM »

I am more concerned about the plight of the Helots


so its para-non-fiction?
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2007, 10:19:01 PM »

First of all, I imagine you've all either seen 300 or at least caught a whiff of its tantalizing musk, which is a finely-crafted blend of homoeroticism and awesome. Now I've got to tell you all about a totally sweet novel about the Battle of Thermopylae, called "Gates of Fire", by a guy named Steven Pressfield. The book is narrated by the sole Greek survivor of the Spartans, and he's relaying his story to king Xerxes after the Spartans all die. The book is really well researched, and it's an awesome story. It would have made a phenomenal movie, and there's a bunch of sweet action scenes described, along with characters that while not terribly three-dimensional, are definitely likeable. Anyway, if you liked 300, and you like well-researched historical fiction, then read "Gates of Fire", by Steven Pressfield. But don't take my work for it!


Yeah.  Cuz it's like only 85% of real word.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2007, 10:32:19 PM »

It's essentially para-nonfiction, yes. It's quite obvious that the author has read his Herodotus and Thucydides, and done a large amount of research into the Spartan culture. They go into talking about the Helots and the underclass of people who aren't full Spartans who keep Sparta running and whatnot.

And this book was written by an AMERICAN, so my opinion fully matters, DAZIE!
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007, 09:06:46 AM »

It's essentially para-nonfiction, yes. It's quite obvious that the author has read his Herodotus and Thucydides, and done a large amount of research into the Spartan culture. They go into talking about the Helots and the underclass of people who aren't full Spartans who keep Sparta running and whatnot.

And this book was written by an AMERICAN, so my opinion fully matters, DAZIE!


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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 11:18:23 AM »

Read Gates of Fire a year or two ago.  Pressfield also has another book on the Peloponysian Wars.  Also, his book "War of Art" is highly praised.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007, 10:12:53 PM »

I want to be enthusiastic about this thread, so I'll just say hi to OBB.

Hi, OBB!
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2007, 07:27:54 AM »

I want to be enthusiastic about this thread, so I'll just say hi to OBB.

Hi, OBB!


THEN WE WILL FIGHT IN THE SHADE!!!!!!

(Hi Gamp!)
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2007, 07:31:58 AM »

I want to be enthusiastic about this thread, so I'll just say hi to OBB.

Hi, OBB!


THEN WE WILL FIGHT IN THE SHADE!!!!!!

(Hi Gamp!)


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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2007, 07:47:10 AM »

eo wins teh intranets.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2007, 10:27:44 AM »

OBB,

please find a book titled "Illium" by Dan Simmons in your local Library, read and get back to me on it...

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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2007, 09:07:33 PM »

OBB,
Is this a pyramid scam

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2007, 11:26:34 PM »

OBB,
Is this a pyramid scam

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More of a Parthenon scam....  Grin
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