The Persian Boy

The Persian Boy

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Follows the career of Alexander the Great through the eyes of his lover and servant, the slave Bagoas, from Alexander's victory over the Persians to his death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 419 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 25mm | 323g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0394751019
  • 9780394751016
  • 84,585

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"It takes skill to depict, as Miss Renault has done, this half-man, half Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior."-"The Atlantic Monthly
The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander's mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.
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About Mary Renault

Mary Renault died in 1983.
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6,082 ratings
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4 36% (2,212)
3 16% (984)
2 3% (190)
1 1% (63)
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