Vivienne Leheny narrates with an assured voice as she guides listeners through this engrossing history of an obscure fourth-century BCE band of Theban soldiers composed of male companions. Uncovered in a mass grave in 1880, these pairs of erastes (older men) and eromenos (younger men) are contextualized within the rhythms of ancient life. Leheny's measured pace allows listeners to follow along with developments in regional politics and shifting allegiances. Kings, generals, and other figures of Ancient Greek, Persian, and Macedonian city-states are smoothly delineated through clear pronunciation. A compelling conclusion, fueled by skillful research, assembles the pieces of what may have occurred on that final battlefield as the heart of the Theban military faced the now-legendary might of Alexander the Great. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9781797129211 $19.99
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