Marathon by Boaz Yakin

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The epic tale of the original marathon runner—just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games

It was a turning point in ancient history.

It inspires men to greatness.

It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century.

It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten.

In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire.

This graphic novel from screenwriter Boaz Yakin and artist Joe Infurnari tells his story.

 

About Boaz Yakin

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Boaz Yakin is an American screenwriter and film director based in New York City. Yakin studied filmmaking at New York City College and New York University. He has written and/or directed many major Hollywood movies such as The Punisher, The Rookie, A Price Above Rubies, and Remember The Titans. Joe Infurnari is an acclaimed comics writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn. His work has been recognized with multiple Eisner nominations, numerous publications, and membership in the prestigious web comics collective, Act-i-vate. He is the illustrator of First Second's "Mush!"
 
Published June 19, 2012 by First Second. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yakin draws from ancient historical and legendary sources but adds invented incidents to round out Eucles’ character and elevated dialogue to heighten the epic atmosphere: “The gods have laid a feast both bitter and sweet before me.” Among the most historically and culturally significant battle...

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This graphic novel opens with the first triumph of the legendary Greek courier (in this case renamed Eucles) over the tyrant king Hippias’ own son, the death of his parents at Hippias’ hands, and the

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Project MUSE

In this graphic novel, Yakin adeptly melds history, legend, and imaginative back-story to recreate the Battle of Marathon from the perspective of the runner Eucles (also known as Pheidippedes), who reputedly ran either from Athens to Sparta to beg for reinforcements against the Persian forces of ...

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Broken Frontier

What I need is one pair of fast feet.” Eucles may not be a soldier, but his role is not without threats, as during his speedy travels, Eucles faces the dangers of politics, crafty archers, and more.

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