Herodotus tells us that not all of the three hundred Spartan warriors died at the hands of Xerxes, King of the Persians, in the battle of the Thermopylae: two were saved bringing a life-saving message back to the city . . . 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 caste 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.a#39;No, a#39; replied the boy, a#39;that is just the port. The city is ... a#39;Then ita#39;s true what they say about you Spartans a that you are thick, and a little slow up here, a#39; he said, knocking against his head. ... But what does the goddess have to do with all this?
|Author||:||Valerio Massimo Manfredi|
|Publisher||:||Pan Macmillan - 2011-09-23|