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The end of Sparta : a novel

Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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In this sweeping and deeply imagined historical novel, acclaimed classicist Victor Davis Hanson re-creates the battles of one of the greatest generals of ancient Greece, Epaminondas. At the Battle of Leuktra, his Thebans crushed the fearsome army of Sparta that had enslaved its neighbors for two centuries. We follow these epic historical events through the eyes of Mêlon, a farmer who has left his fields to serve  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Named Person: Epaminondas; Epaminondas; Epaminondas; Epaminondas
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Davis Hanson
ISBN: 9781608191642 1608191648
OCLC Number: 701806408
Description: xiii, 445 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Holy Leuktra --
pt. 2. Between peace and war --
pt. 3. The march down country --
pt. 4. Freedom.
Responsibility: Victor Davis Hanson.
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In this sweeping and deeply imagined historical novel, acclaimed classicist Victor Davis Hanson re-creates the battles of one of the greatest generals of ancient Greece, Epaminondas. At the Battle of Leuktra, his Thebans crushed the fearsome army of Sparta that had enslaved its neighbors for two centuries. We follow these epic historical events through the eyes of Mêlon, a farmer who has left his fields to serve with Epaminondas-swept up, against his better judgment, in the fever to spread democracy even as he yearns to return to his pastoral hillside. With a scholar's depth of knowledge and a novelist's vivid imagination, Hanson re-creates the ancient world down to its intimate details-from the weight of a spear in a soldier's hand to the peculiar camaraderie of a slave and master who go into battle side by side.

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