A man becomes a hero ...As a young boy in Ithaca, Odysseus listens in wonder to his grandfather Autolykos, a man feared by many across the land as a ruthless fighter. He learns of his heritage and a lifelong passion is sparked: to become an adventurer and warrior. In Mycenae, he meets King Eurystheus and learns the terrible story of Hercules - the man with god-like strength who slaughtered his family and punished by the King to undertake impossible tasks to earn absolution. But is Eurystheus the man he says he is? When a child comes to Odysseus in the middle of the night, with another, very disturbing, version of what happened that fateful night, Odysseus embarks on the first of his extraordinary quests ...So begins the epic story of Odysseus, the first of two volumes: an adventure of love, war, courage and heroism, weaving from a small rocky island in Greece, to the mighty fall of Troy.
Odysseus is such an irresistible character that, like the archetype he is, he appears over and over again in fiction. We begin with his haunting boyhood on the island of Ithaca as he listens to the stories of his grandfather, Autolykos, and longs to become like him. In Mycenae, the young warrior meets King Eurystheus and learns the terrible story of Hercules, but is Eurystheus everything he seems? And so begins the epic story of Odysseus in this, the first of two volumes, a gripping and inspiring adventure of love and war, courage and heroism, making its way from the rocky outcrop that is Ithaca to the devastating walls of Troy.
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Author:||Valerio Massimo Manfredi|
|Publisher:||Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published over nine works of fiction, including the 'Alexander' trilogy, which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has also written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world, and has written screenplays for cinema and television.More About Valerio Massimo Manfredi