Meet Dr. Peter Messmore at a signing on January 17 at 2 p.m. He will be autographing copies of Philip & Olympia: A Novel of Ancient Macedon and Alexander the King: The Sequel to Philip & Olympias. Philip and Olympias were the parents of Alexander the Great. Now, for the first time, a new historical novel chronicles their outrageous lives. Meticulously researched for the last ten years, this is Peter Messmore's first novel. Philip II of Macedon was the architect of the world's first nation state. During his reign, he rose from barbaric obscurity to preeminence in the Greek world. Athenians feared and hated him; yet, they eventually came under his domination. He was the only obstacle that stood between imperialistic Persia and the Greek mainland. Philip and Olympias tells the near three-decade story of how Philip rose to power and changed the course of western civilization. Coarse and crude, he deserved the title of Macedonian barbarian. Yet, this intelligent, courageous and sexually shocking conqueror predominated. His third wife, the beautiful and vindictive Olympias, became his only unconquerable enemy. Here too, are some of history's greatest figures. Philip and Olympias' son, Alexander, is born and comes of age in the stormy Macedonian royal court. Philip's antagonist, Demosthenes, devotes his life to halting the demise of Athenian democracy. Persian Great King Artaxerxes Ochus prepares to invade and dominate all of Macedonia and Greece. The not-yet-great philosopher, Aristotle, becomes Alexander's tutor and attempts to bring civilization to the Macedonian royal family. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm (SkepticalSurveyor)
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