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Mary Renault
Birth date: September 04, 1905
Died: December 13, 1983
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KatieMc
KatieMc rated it 3 years ago
Is it a good idea to learn history through fictionalized accounts? Given my limited exposure to ancient history, it's probably better than nothing. Presumably the author has a firm grip on the subject matter, and Alexander's charisma came through loud and clear. But...I didn't like Bagoas. It se...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it 3 years ago
I enjoyed this first book about Alexander the Great, but also I became very anxious about MWT’s Gen because of parallels. Arrghhhhh. Anyway, on its own merits this is immersive & beautiful.
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 4 years ago
Theseus, the boy-king of Eleuisis, is ritually preordained to die after one year of marriage to the sacred Queen, but he defies the Gods' decree and claims his inheritance - the throne of Athens. His friends are the young men and maidens, slaves of the Gods, chosen for death in the Bull Dance. His f...
Dilettante
Dilettante rated it 4 years ago
This wonderful text came to me via a circuitous route. I was listening to Brian Fagan's fascinating course on Human Prehistory, and while he was discussing Minoan civilization, mentioned Renault's book. It is a retelling of the Theseus myth, which explains all the fantastical elements of the stor...
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Bullet Review:I REALLY REALLY liked the first half and that would have been 5 stars. But then we started doing the time warp and I felt I was really an anthology of various people who knew Alexander instead of a cohesive novel. Still some good characters, but huge leaps in time skipping numerous eve...
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