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The Olympian (2008)

by E.S. Kraay

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Powerful book on human values. Unique story that juxtaposes the 75th Olympiad in 480 BC with the stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. ( )
  baddyo | Oct 1, 2008 |
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I was 12-years-old when my father took me to my first Olympic Games. That was a long time ago, but I remember, even then, he concluded that his only son would not be an athlete.
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No man lives forever, though what he leaves behind can endure so other men might benefit from each man's knowledge.
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It is the 75th Olympiad, 480 BC. The sacred truce has been declared even as Persian King Xerxes crosses the Hellespont with his million-man army bent on bringing the free state of Greece to heel. Amid the crowds of Olympia and threatened by the clash of armies, two men, one a boxer, the other a poet learn the true value of a human life.
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