The Persian boy

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Pantheon Books, Oct 12, 1972 - Fiction - 419 pages
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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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A terrific insight into Alexander The Great. - Goodreads
A wonderful love story. - Goodreads
The writing is exceptional. - Goodreads
Prose was a bit stiff. - Goodreads
Basically a love story. - Goodreads
It's a shame because the writing was so good. - Goodreads

Review: The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)

User Review  - Hadrian - Goodreads

A good novel about a Persian slave boy who is picked up by, and adventures with, Alexander the Great. I was happy to recognize several incidents and characters within - it's very well researched. I'm ... Read full review

Review: The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

I'm a HUGE Alexander the Great buff so I liked this book that has been banned in Greece. Lots of historical detail that is accurate and the person (the boy) lived and was known to be a lover of Alexander the Great. (lucky boy!) I found the history fascinating, but it may not be for everyone. Read full review


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About the author (1972)

Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.