Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Spartan

By Valerio Massimo Manfredi

An epic story of passion, courage and adventure in ancient Sparta, by the author of the 'Alexander' trilogy. This is the saga of a Spartan family, torn apart by a cruel law that forces them to abandon one of their two sons - born lame - to the elements. The elder son, Brithos, is raised in the castle of the warriors, while the other, Talos, is spared a cruel death and is raised by a Helot shepherd among the peasants. They live out their story in a world dominated by the clash between the Persian empire and the city-states of Greece - a ferocious, relentless conflict - until the voice of their blood and of human solidarity unites them in a thrilling singular enterprise.
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