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FREE DOWNLOAD ↠ Are They Singing in Sparta? Â Messenia is in revolt and the Messenians have been out witting Sparta's crack troops On the advice of Delphi Sparta reuests that Athens appoint a new Supreme Commander for Sparta's army Athens intentionally selects an obscure schoolmaster unlikely to help Sparta win the war Tyrtaios TyrtaioMarried to a helot and his nephew appears to have joined the rebellion against Sparta The widow Alethea the daughter of a Spartan nobleman took refuge in Athens during the 'Time of Troubles She alone understands how Tyrtaios is suffering in Sparta Yet when her growing sons fall foul of the authorities she finds herself under increasing pressure to remarry and Agesandros is the most obvious suito. This is what historical novels should be As someone who has spent my life studying history I rarely find a work of historical fiction that I can accept as anything but fiction Schrader's work on Ancient Sparta is an exception As with all works of contemporary fiction this is aimed at our sensibilities Yet Schrader has created a historical world that makes sense Spartan are not the monolithic WWE spawned insult throwing automatons Or baby killing monsters There's no doubt that the rules in this world are far different from our ownThe story focuses on several characters all of them emotionally displaced The action is believable yet exciting And in the end we get a resolution that makes sent and is satisfying Please understand that this is not a world build on sensationalist absurdities like many popular works of alleged historical fiction There's nothing wrong with those works they just make no attempt at being based on any real kind of history I loved all of her books on Ancient Sparta If you really love the period read and enjoy
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Lace on earth where he wishes to live The Spartan officer Agesandros is horrified by the 'joke Athens has played on Sparta in appointing Tyrtaios Sparta's Supreme Polemarch But as the son of a notorious brawler and drunk who gained Spartan citizenship only after a radical reform of the Spartan Constitution his voice counts for little Further while Agesandros is obsessively ambitious his sister is. This novel is set during the Messenian War when democracy was still a radical new and controversial experiment It is based on an event recorded by ancient historians as fact although to our modern eyes it seems like legend the appointment of an Athenian poet to be Sparta's supreme military commander in time of war Tyrtaios is without doubt a historical figure Three full elegies and various fragments of Tyrtaios' verse although sadly none of his music have survived Plato is the key source that described him as a lame schoolmaster from Attica Although this fact is sometimes disputed by modern historians the fact that his music inspired generations of Spartan warriors is not Terpander and his story are also taken from ancient sources as are the assassination of Kign Polydorus the capture of Phigalia and its return at the orders of the Delphic Oracle Messenian legend which greatly embellished and fantasized about the deeds of Aristomenes a real person includes references to audacious deeds including a strike within Sparta itself I have used this admittedly weak source as the basis for the murder of the children of the agoge described in the novel
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Are They Singing in SpartaMessenia is in revolt and the Messenians have been out witting Sparta's crack troops On the advice of Delphi Sparta reuests that Athens appoint a new Supreme Commander for Sparta's army Athens intentionally selects an obscure schoolmaster unlikely to help Sparta win the war Tyrtaios Tyrtaios was born lame has no military experience and everything he has ever heard about Sparta makes it the last p. What originally attracted me to this novel was the title Spartans Singing an interesting juxtaposition The novel turned out to be a delightful look at ancient Sparta by the author through the stories of two fictional Spartan families and of the poet Tyrtaios who really lived According to Pausanius Tyrtaios was a lame middle aged schoolmaster from Athens and Schrader uses that conception for her Tyrtaios Schrader's Sparta was not so dour a society as the usual conception but brutal enough The Delphic oracle asks Athens to appoint someone as the Spartan Supreme Polemarch supreme army commander to lead the Spartans to victory against another town Athens appoints the man who they think would be the most inept Tyrtaios does go to Sparta albeit unwillingly and with misgivings Is this the oracle's joke He writes music and poetry; he himself even wonders how he with no military experience can lead an army There's a sweet love story between Agesandros a Spartan officer and a widow Alethea Through the stories of Alethea's sons Niko and Sandy the author painlessly presents customs of ancient Sparta Tyrtaios figures out how he can best fulfill his mission and make the best use of his talents for the good of the city The oracle is just being her usual obscure self and Athens has outsmarted herselfThe author was outstanding in how she wove her heartwarming story together and in her strong characterizations I really cared about the people She made ancient Sparta come alive for me She made even the repulsive Spartan black broth palatable I want to seek out of her writings Her extra material was a plus