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    DescriptionThe historical fiction series "The Wandering King" is based on events described in "The History" by the father of history, Herodotus. People know the story of King Leonidas and the famous last stand of the 300 Spartans at the pass of Thermopylae, but many of Herodotus' best stories have never gotten any press. For instance, Leonidas was one of four brothers who fought for the Spartan throne. Some historians theorize that Leonidas may have decided to sacrifice himself in the pass because if he'd returned home to Sparta, he might have been put on trial for murder - the murder of his eldest brother Cleomenes, whose sudden and mysterious death made Leonidas king. Recent books and movies on the subject tend to leave out the facts that Leonidas was a twin and that his wife Gorgo was Cleomenes' daughter, making her Leonidas' niece. Though Leonidas is a character in "The Wandering King," this is not his story. The novel is told from the perspective of Leonidas' nephew, Euryanax, who is mentioned by Herodotus as a Greek commander at the climactic Battle of Plataea during the Persian War. The novel begins: "I am called Euryanax and I am a Spartan. In the Dorian tongue, 'eury' means wandering and 'anax' means king. The Wandering King. From my name comes my story ..." The first book in the series, "Summer, Harvest, War," is based on events that take place thirty years before Thermopylae, when Euryanax's father Dorieus and his uncle Cleomenes quarreled over the succession at Sparta and Dorieus left Greece to build a new colony in Libya, where he is the first among the Spartans to go to war with the Persian Empire and its allies Phoenicia and Carthage. It is no small wonder that Euryanax is called the 'wandering king.' His father was a king in his own right and fought his way across Libya, Italy and Sicily. Join Euryanax as he wanders from Sparta to North Africa where he comes into contact with the nomadic tribes of the Nasamone and takes part in the siege of the Phoenician stronghold at Oea. Venture with him to the city of merchants, Corinth, fight pirates in the Ionian Sea, and sail with the Spartans to the Temple of Apollo where Euryanax learns his fate from the Delphic Oracle. Exotic locales and peoples, action, adventure, land battles, sea battles, Olympic-style games, "The Wandering King" has all this and more.


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    Title
    The Wandering King
    Subtitle
    Book 1: Summer, Harvest, War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Bradford Marte
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 380
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 508 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781483992563
    ISBN 10: 148399256X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC classification: DF
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Createspace
    Imprint name
    Createspace
    Publication date
    29 March 2013
    Author Information
    Stephen Marte is a professional writer employed by an international corporation in their creative department, as well as a life-long Greek geek. He has worked as a journalist, a high school English teacher and an advertising copywriter. Stephen lives in Bucks County, PA, with his son Zachary in a house filled with books.