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This is an auction for OF MERCHANTS AND HEROES by Paul Waters. reviews:

"A consuming story of love, loss and redemption set in the classical world of Rome and Greece, Of Merchants & Heroes is the story of a young man's pursuit of his father's murderer and of the values and qualities he develops that will make him a man. At the end of the third century BC, as Rome's long war with Carthage was drawing to a close, it was threatened by a new enemy, Philip, the king of Macedon in the east...Into this turbulent world emerges our Roman hero, Marcus. Fate takes him to some of the great cities of the Greco-Roman world, where he learns much and finds love. This is a remarkable, beautifully written novel that explores political and philosophical questions that are timeless, as well as questions of love, loyalty and betrayal."

"FIVE STARS!!! The young Roman protagonist of Waters' novel seeks to find his identity in a society in the midst of redefining itself, as the traditionally conservative Roman culture begins to embrace, albeit uncertainly, Greek Hellenism at the end of the second Punic War. Love does not bloom for the young man until he visits the gymnasium and meets Menexanos, a young Athenian athlete. Bisexuality was accepted openly in the ancient world. Waters presents the relationship as a communion of souls who strive to serve their respective homelands and infuse their lives with meaning while cultivating courage and lending support the each other in their quest for achievement and honour. I enjoyed this novel immensely and highly recommend it."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2008.

471 pages.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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