History Book Club: Persian Fire
December 12, 2018
The History Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Cayuga Museum on the second Wednesday of the month. Participation is free and guests can come to any or all of the meetings.
December's selection is Persian Fire by Tom Holland. 418 pages.
In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.