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With vivid prose and unswerving attention to historical detail, the author of "Empire of Ashes" spins a tale of two brothers who rise through Spartan society and meet their fate--surrounded by the Athenian navy on the barren island of Sphacteria. Original.

Review:

"Having brought John Paul Jones and Alexander the Great to life, Nicastro (Empire of Ashes) turns his formidable skills as a historical novelist on an obscure episode in the Peloponnesian War, that almost three-decade conflict between Athens and Sparta, which he labels antiquity's 'war to end all wars.' The choice to have a narrow focus, rather than an all-encompassing epic sweep, proves a wise one, as it enables Nicastro to go into nitty-gritty detail about the lifestyles of Greece in 425 B.C., making the harsh Spartan attitudes, for example, comprehensible, if not acceptable, to a modern sensibility. The author instills emotional depth in his three main characters — Damatria, a wealthy Spartan woman, and her two sons, Antalcidas and Epitadas — and the supporting cast through adept use of the telling descriptive phrase. The careful research and study that went into this book should enthrall fans of the classics, military history buffs and general readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451217127
Subtitle:
A Novel of Ancient Sparta
Author:
Nicastro, Nicholas
Publisher:
Signet
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051206
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.78x4.26x1.06 in. .41 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Having brought John Paul Jones and Alexander the Great to life, Nicastro (Empire of Ashes) turns his formidable skills as a historical novelist on an obscure episode in the Peloponnesian War, that almost three-decade conflict between Athens and Sparta, which he labels antiquity's 'war to end all wars.' The choice to have a narrow focus, rather than an all-encompassing epic sweep, proves a wise one, as it enables Nicastro to go into nitty-gritty detail about the lifestyles of Greece in 425 B.C., making the harsh Spartan attitudes, for example, comprehensible, if not acceptable, to a modern sensibility. The author instills emotional depth in his three main characters — Damatria, a wealthy Spartan woman, and her two sons, Antalcidas and Epitadas — and the supporting cast through adept use of the telling descriptive phrase. The careful research and study that went into this book should enthrall fans of the classics, military history buffs and general readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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