By Valerio Massimo Manfredi
'And you, Alexander, sleepless within the lifeless of night:
the place do your eyes roam?
the place does your middle wander?
Yours is a quest for a lot off lands
the place the constellations set,
the place the final waves of an ocean die.'
an enormous foreign bestseller, this can be the 1st in Valerio Massimo Manfredi's awesome trilogy of brutal ardour and grand experience in historic Greece.
Who might have been born to beat the realm except a god? A boy, born to an outstanding king - Philip of Macedon - and his sensuous queen, Olympias. formed by means of the disciplines and passions of his mom and dad' courtroom, Alexander turned a tender guy of vast, unfathomable capability. below the tutelage of the famed Aristotle, and with the friendship of Ptolemy and respected tactician Hephaiston, he turned the mightiest and so much charismatic warrior, able to subjugating the identified international to his power.
Alexander: baby of a Dream is the significant tale of 1 of history's maximum characters and his quest to overcome the civilized world.
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Down on the plain herds of galloping horses flowed like a sea swell and thousands of birds descended to sleep on the quiet waters of Lake Borboros. The evening star shone so brightly as to compete in splendour with the moon which was rising slowly from the liquid surface of the sea. This was the star of the Argeads, the dynasty that since Hercules' time had reigned over these lands, an immortal star, more beautiful than any other in the sky. Philip drew rein, pulling up his horse to contemplate and invoke the star.
Apart from these moments of excess in his high spirits, Ptolemy was a good boy, very fond of reading and writing. One day he let Alexander come to his room and showed him his books. He had at least twenty of them. ' exclaimed the Prince as he went to touch them. ' said Ptolemy as he blocked him. 'They're delicate objects: papyrus is fragile and it disintegrates easily; one has to know the right way to unroll and roll them. They have to be kept in a well‐ventilated and dry place with a mousetrap nearby because mice love papyrus and if they get hold of the scrolls that's the end of that.
A buzz of activity greeted him: a rustling of women's clothes as they fussed along the corridors, a clanking of arms among the guards. When he looked in through the door of the bed chamber, the Queen was sitting on a grand, high‐backed armchair, her naked body only just covered by an Ionian undergown gathered into the finest pleats; the room was perfumed with Pierian roses and Artemisia was holding the boy in her arms. Two attendants undid the shoulder plates of the King's armour and unhooked the sword from his side so that he might feel the child's skin on his.