Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. Travelling through fifth century BC Greece, Simonides learn not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the political intrigue surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the flourish and fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable grasp of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century.
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"[Renault's] historical novels . . . are among the finest ever written" ( The Washington Post Book World)
"A song of praise, a work of love, a serene, deliberate book, full of wisdom, rich in character, incident and description" ( Wall Street Journal)
In a masterful novel that vividly recreates the world of Ancient Greece, Mary Renault tells the story of Simonides, an ugly boy destined to create beauty through his extraordinary poetic talent.
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Book Description Arrow Books, London, England, 2004. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: As New. First published in the U.K. in 1978. Trade paper re-issue. Unread. Simonides, apprentice with a renowned Ionian singer is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, the Athenian court, and the world of poetry, music, and the great men of the time, including Aischlos and Pythagoras. Bookseller Inventory # 003257