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“Philip of Macedon” by George Cawkwell

A standard—looking textbook, first published in 1978. I didn’t read it all, just plundered it for background after reading The Fire from Heaven; this showed how close Mary Renault’s account was to the sources (almost diminishing her imagination). I particularly … Continue reading

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“The Fire from Heaven” by Mary Renault

From the start I was hooked, in a way: beautifully, intricately written, researched, and imagined, so at every turn I felt in the hands of a writer of the very top class. I knew she would be taking me on … Continue reading

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