Memnon by Scott Oden

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He lived in the shadow of kings. One trusted him with his empire; the other feared his every move...Memnon of Rhodes (375-333 BCE) walked in the footsteps of giants. As a soldier, sailor, statesman, and general, he was, in the words of Diodorus of Sicily, "outstanding in courage and strategic grasp." A contemporary of Demosthenes and Aristotle, Memnon rose from humble origins to command the whole of western Asia in a time of strife and slaughter. To his own people, he was a traitor, to his rivals, a mercenary. But, to the King of Kings, his majesty Darius III of Persia, Memnon was one man capable of defending Asia Minor from the rising power of the barbaric Macedonians. In a war pitting Greek against Greek, Memnon proved his quality beyond measure. His enemies fought for glory and gold; Memnon fought for something more, for loyalty, for honor, and for duty. He fought for the love of Barsine, a woman of remarkable beauty and grace. Most of all, he fought for the promise of peace. Through the deathbed recollections of a mysterious woman, the life of Memnon unfolds with brilliant clarity. It is a record of his triumphs and tragedies, his loves and lossess, and of the determination that drove him to stand against the most renowned figure of the ancient world-the ambitious young conqueror called Alexander the Great.

About Scott Oden

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Scott Oden has worked the usual variety of odd jobs: delivering pizza, driving a truck for a printing company, and clerking at a video store, just to name a few. Now a full-time writer, Oden lives in rural North Alabama, near Huntsville.
Published August 1, 2006 by Medallion Press. 690 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oden (Men of Bronze ) follows his critically acclaimed debut with an eloquent and captivating historical thriller that chronicles the life of Memnon of Rhodes, a Greek mercenary in the service of Persia.

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Historical Novel Society

Ariston’s story provides the prologue and an interlude to the narrative of Memnon, which is written in the third person.

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Portland Book Review Memnon by Scott Oden opens with a storyteller being summoned to the deathbed of a mysterious Persian woman, who would tell him the story of Memnon of Rhoades, a great warrior, who fought with the Persians and crossed swords with Alexander the Great himself.

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Memnon

Red Room

Scott Oden attempts to flesh out the character of this shadowy figure from classical history and give him some redress against the Hellenic propaganda that followed in Alexander's wake.

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