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Fire From Heaven
by Mary Renault Details
In the first novel of this trilogy, Renault details the young Alexander's troubled relationships with his father, King Philip of Macedon, and his overprotective mother, Queen Olympias; his first kill, which brought him into manhood; the taming of the unruly horse Bucephalus; and his tutoring by the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield Details
In 480 BC, at the Battle of Thermopylae, a brave force of 300 Spartans fought a hopeless battles against the invading armies of Persia's King Xerxes. Though the Spartans all lost their lives, they managed to hold of Persia for seven days, giving the Greeks enough time to rally their forces and repulse a Perisan invasion later on. The story is told in flashback by Xeones, a Spartan squire captured by King Xerxes, who recounts his story from boyhood until that fateful day.
Sappho's Leap
by Erica Jong Details
Sappho, famous for the erotic love poetry she wrote more than 2,600 years ago, is a woman ahead of her time. Her adventures start early: At fourteen she is seduced by an older man, a poet, but married off to another when their liaison is discovered. When her marriage ends and her daughter is kidnapped, she begins a journey of a lifetime that ranges from her home of Delphi to Egypt and the land of the Amazons.
The Mask of Apollo
by Mary Renault Details
In the fourth century BC, Nikeratos, a tragic actor from Athens, travels from there to Sicily and back, acting in a variety of productions. A golden mask of Apollo, symbolic of the golden age of the Greek theater, accompanies him wherever he goes. He meditates upon its meaning before forming any opinions about events in his life, such as his relationship with Dion of Syracuse and the potentially harmful influence of Plato's philosophies.
The Sand-Reckoner
by Gillian Bradshaw Details
Archimedes, one of the greatest mathematicians and engineers of the ancient world, forsakes his happy life sutdying philosophy at Ptolemy's Museum in Alexandria when his ailing father calls him home to Syracuse. There he takes up a post building catapults as an engineer for King Hieron, who is battling the Roman army during the Second Punic War.
The Siege of Troy : A Modern English Retelling of Homer's "The Iliad"
by Greg Tobin Details
It was the Age of Heroes, known for valiant warriors like Hector, Ajax, wily Odysseus, and brave Achilles. It began with a stolen kiss and the abduction of the beautiful Helen, wife of a king. Diplomacy gave way to insults, and soon it fell to Agamemnon to restore the honor of his brother, Menelaus of Sparta, by leading an army of heroes to the gates of the enemy fortress. Combat raged for nine years, neither side able to dominate the other. Intrigue, deception, betrayal, and the love of a woman whose face launched a thousand ships brought two great armies to war.
Updated 11/09/2011
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