Category: Romance, Sagas & Historical / General
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 7 March 2003
Number of pages: 260
An epic story of passion, courage and adventure in ancient Sparta, by the author of the Alexander trilogy.
Author of the bestselling Alexander trilogy, Dr Manfredi now turns his attention to ancient Greece in a novel which tells a stirring tale of sibling rivalry and epic passion. In Sparta, a land famed for its invincible warriors, two sons are born to a distinguished family: one is strong, the other crippled, and the cruel laws of the land decree that the latter must be left to perish on the mountainside. Discovered by a shepherd, Talos (as the infant is christened) grows up as a Helot, the race subjugated and enslaved by the Spartans. Learning the history of the Helots from an early age and later entrusted with the sacred armour and salvation of his adopted land, Talos unexpectedly encounters his brother as a young man. Their lives become intertwined as war threatens Sparta and events lead them to their irrevocable destiny. Steeped in knowledge and covering an exciting period of classical antiquity, the merits of the book largely outweigh its rather stilted prose, perhaps not seen to its best advantage in Christine Feddersen-Manfredi's translation. Fast-paced and atmospheric, the plot is noticeably stronger and better developed than the characters it portrays, with the exception of the persuasively drawn Talos. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
Full of passion, courage and magic, Spartan is an enthralling novel of the ancient world.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published nine works of fiction, including the bestselling Spartan and The Last Legion. The Alexander trilogy has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world, and has written screenplays for cinema and television.
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