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  • Published: 26 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405949668
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400


Discover the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire in the stunning third novel in the Athenian series, from the nation's finest historical novelist

Witness the story of one of the great lives of ancient Greece.

Cimon, son to Miltiades who commanded at Marathon, is a washed-out young drunk. He is as much a disappointment to himself as he is to his family.

The Persians are back on Athenian shores, attempting yet another invasion.

But the breaking of Athens may well be the making of Cimon. As he hand-picks a crew to burn out Persian strongholds on the islands of Eioin, defeats pirates on Skiros, and discovers the bones of the hero Theseus, Cimon begins to live up to his destiny.

He will became the greatest strategos of Athens, the lion of a new generation.

  • Published: 26 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405949668
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He has written three previous bestselling historical series, including Wars of the Roses. Dunstan is a stand-alone novel set in the red-blooded world of tenth-century England, and The Falcon of Sparta is a stand-alone in which Iggulden returns to the Ancient World. The first book in his new Athenian series, The Gates of Athens, was a Sunday Times top five bestseller. Protector is the latest instalment in the Athenian series.

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Praise for ATHENIAN Book 3

Praise for Conn Iggulden


Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent

The Times

One of our finest historical novelists

Daily Express

Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction

Daily Mirror

Pacy...and packed with action

Sunday Times

Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times


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