Goat Song by Frank Yerby (1967)

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Goat Song, a novel of Ancient Greece
by Frank Yerby

Publisher:  The Dial Press, Inc.
Copyright:  1967

Book Club Edition

In this stunning new story of a young hero cursed and blessed by the matchless beauty that was the Hellenic ideal, Frank Yerby recreates ancient Greece in all her splendor.  He takes us back to the time of the Peloponnesian War -- a period of dynamic energy, of burgeoning culture and festering decadence, of excess in cruelty and sexuality.  Here are the battlefield and the slave market, the temple and the brothel, the discourse of Sokrates and the Dionysian revel of Alkibiades, the brutalizing code of Sparta and the brilliant sophistication of Athens.

When the Athenians took the island of Sphacteria, there was one among the Spartans, a youth named Ariston, who would not surrender, who thrust out his sword and made a desperate, suicidal charge.  But Ariston was fated to live -- he was saved by a blow from Orchomenus, the Spartan soldier who loved and hated him too much to let him die.  He came to Athens a slave, a prosititute whose favors were sold by Polyxenus, the bathhouse keeper.  In time, although not a citizen, he was to become one of the most powerful men in his adopted city, the friend and patron of Sokrates and Euripides, the embodiment of all that was finest in the Athenian spirit.  But always Ariston lived in the shadow of a black day in Sparta when, because of him, a beautiful young girl was hudeously slaughtered -- again and again suffering and death came close to those he loved.

Once again Frank Yerby proves himself not only a master storyteller but a writer who captures the very essence of a past era, in all its turbulence and pageantry.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is discolored and shows wear, creasing and tears in the edges.  Front dust cover has a rough waterspot and creases on it.  Pages are tanned and may be darkening from age.  Previous owner's name is written on the front endpaper.

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