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The Persian Boy (original 1970; edition 1988)
by Mary Renault
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (1970)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394751019, Paperback)“It takes skill to depict, as Miss Renault has done, this half-man, half Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior.”–The Atlantic Monthly
The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander’s mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:26 -0400)
A slave-boy in the household of Alexander the Great tells about the adventures of the Macedonian king during the last seven years of his life.
(summary from another edition)
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