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He lived in the shadow of kings. One trusted him with his empire; the other feared his every move. Memn of Rhodes (375-333 BC) walked in the footsteps of giants. As a soldier, sailor, statesman and general, he was, in the words of Diodorus of Sicily, outstanding in courage and strategic grasp. A contemporary of Demosthenes and Aristotle, Memn rose from humble origins to command the whole of western Asia in a time of strife and slaughter. To his own people, he was a traitor, to his rivals, a mercenary. But, to the King of Kings, his majesty Darius III of Persia, Memn was the one man capable of defending Asia Mir from the rising power of the barbaric Macedonians. In a war pitting Greek against Greek, Memn proved his quality beyond measure. His enemies fought for glory and gold; Memn fought for something more: for loyalty, for hour, and for duty. He fought for the love of Barsine, a woman of remarkable beauty and grace, but most of all, he fought for the promise of peace. Through the deathbed recollections of a mysterious woman, the life of Memn unfolds with brilliant clarity. It is a record of his triumphs and tragedies, his loves and losses, and of the determination that drove him to stand against the most rewned figure of the ancient world - an ambitious and brilliant young conqueror called Alexander the Great.
Scott Oden was born in 1967 in Columbus, Indiana, and raised in rural North Alabama where he still lives. His fascination with Egypt and the ancient world began in 1976, when a teacher showed his class slides from the Tutankhamun exhibition. He studied history and English at the University of Alabama before pursuing the usual variety of odd jobs - from delivering pizza to clerking at a video store. His first novel was the acclaimed Men of Bronze.
Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Historical & Mythological Fiction
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Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)