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THE LATEST ANCIENT EPIC IN THE NEW ATHENIAN SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPEROR AND WAR OF THE ROSES

TWO LEGENDARY BATTLES.
ONE FEARLESS WARRIOR . . .

Themistocles stands as an archon of Athens: the might of the city is his to command. Yet he is no nobleman, distrusted by many for his modest birthright.

For his presumption.

But those who stand against him cannot argue with two things: his victories as a warrior and the vast Persian force heading their way.

And so Themistocles must fight. To survive the game of politics, to make his name, he must prove himself again and again in battle. On the sea. On land. In the arena of public opinion.

His enemies are legion, his allies do not trust him and the Persians would corrupt him – but history belongs to the courageous . . .

Readers are raving about The Gates of Athens, Book One in the ATHENIAN series:

‘What a brilliantly addictive read’

‘This author never fails to deliver!’

‘Another brilliant historical novel from the master of the craft

‘It’s like being on the battlefield

© Conn Iggulden 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life. I’m blown away. Protector stand alongside the best of Mary Renault – an epic with the learning of the classics‘ ‘Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life. I’m blown away. Protector stand alongside the best of Mary Renault – an epic with the learning of the classics

    Anthony Riches
  • I was transported. I felt the Mediterranean sun on my face, smelled the sea on the air . . . Here is a master at work. There is no one better at this

    Giles Kristian
  • An epic piece of historical fiction, full of political intrigue and vivid action, and so evocative of the world of ancient Greece. A novel of the highest quality

    Robert Fabbri
  • Bring[s] the Greco-Persian Wars to life in brilliant detail. Thrilling

    Daily Express
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  • Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent

    The Times

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