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Review - Alexander the Great by in60Learning

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 13, 2018

Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes

Volume 0 of in60Learning

in60Learning is a new range of books designed to provide and overview of people and events of the past in an easily digestible format. With a total print length of around 40 pages, they are meant, as the publisher's name implies, to be read in around 60 minutes. The publisher offered me my choice of books for review. I chose the Alexander biography since he is a character that continues to fascinate me. I've read a lot about him; much of it fictionalized, to be honest, but I thought I still knew enough to judge what the book offered. More...

Review - Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods by Wendy Rathbone

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 26, 2018

Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods

In Greek mythology, Ganymede was a young man or boy born in the area that would become Troy. He was supposedly so beautiful that the god Zeus, chief among all the immortals, kidnaps and brings Ganymede to Olympus to serve as his cup-bearer and become immortal himself. This retelling of the classic story is given from Ganymede's point of view, and puts a science fiction spin on the tale. More...

Review - Hector and Anatolius by Vanessa Mulberry

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 14, 2016

Hector and Anatolius

Volume 1 of Trojan Men

In Homer's epic recounting of the Trojan war, the Iliad, prince Hector was Troy's greatest warrior but, he tends to excite little interest from modern day authors looking for inspiration. “Hector and Anatolius” tells the story of Hector before the Greeks, or even Helen, arrive. Hector is the dutiful son and heir to king Priam in most respects, except in his resistance to find a woman to marry. His inclinations lie in another direction entirely.


Review - The Lusty Adventures of Theseus by Arthur Griffin

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 06, 2016

The Lusty Adventures of Theseus

Have you ever considered how much the versions of Greek Myths that we know today must have been sanitized, modified or otherwise changed over the years? The bulk of the legends evolved over 3,000 years ago, and certainly changed much over the course of the centuries. The stories as we know them today are still full of bad behavior: rape, incest, and many other sorts of human fallibility. How much bawdier might the “original” stories have been in their own time?

“The Lusty Adventures of Theseus” re-imagines the Theseus legend as a sexual adventure that truly lives up to its title. For those who need a refresher, Theseus was the illegitimate sone of Aegeus, the king of Athens, the result of a one-night-stand between the king and his mother. Theseus is raised by his mother in the provinces, unaware of his royal lineage until he comes of age. He sets of to Athens to claim his birthright, but finds that the great king is not the kind of leader those from the provinces thought he was. More...

Review - The Song of Achilles

Posted in Book Reviews on May 03, 2013

The Song of Achilles

The love between Achilles and Patroclus is one of the great classics of Greek literature. For gay men, it's a story we can look to as proof that there have always been men who loved other men, and they weren't always as reviled as we sometimes feel in modern society. It's no wonder that contemporary authors keep returning to the story to try and reinterpret it.

“The Song of Achilles” gives us the story from Patroclus' point of view. We follow him from early childhood, when his aggressive father puts him forth as one of Helen's suitors at the age of nine, through the accidental killing of a noble boy which sends him into exile, where he meets Achilles. As the two boys grow into young men, love blooms, and Achilles remains devoted to Patroclus, despite the objections of his mother, the sea-nymph Thetis. More...

Review - The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 24, 2012

The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes opens on that fateful day on the plain of Chaeronea, when Philip and his golden son wipe out almost all of the Sacred Band. Almost all, for although badly wounded, Nikanoras still lives, much to his shame. Alexander finds him and More...

Review - Alike As Two Bees

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2012

Anatolios and Philon are young apprentice sculptors in Classical Greece. Anatolios is a precocious boy of just 13 years. Philon is much older, around 20, and More...

Review - Achilles: A Love Story

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 03, 2012

The Greek era has always been one of my favorites for historical romance. Perhaps it's because Mary Ranault's Alexander books were the first historical novels with a gay bent I ever read, or maybe it's just because it was a time when love between men was not More...

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