Gates of Fire Setting & Symbolism

Steven Pressfield
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Sparta

Sparta is a region in ancient Greece known for its fierce warriors and austere life style. Xeones selects Sparta as his city-state, because he knows it builds men.

Thermopylae

Thermopylae is an ancient resort area with hot springs that becomes the site of the Battle of Thermopylae. A force of 300 Spartans and 4,000 allies fight a tremendously larger force of Persians and conscripted soldiers.

Hot Gates

Hot Gates is a narrow pass at Thermopylae bordered on one side by a mountain wall and on the other by a sheer drop-off to the ocean. The Hot Gates gives the Spartans a tactical advantage over the Persians.

Athens

Athens is an open city in ancient Greece that accepts Diomache. The Athenian navy defeats the Persian navy and turns the tide of the war.

Astakos in Akarnania

Astakos in Akarnania is the birthplace of Xeones and Diomache. They must leave as...

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