Over the Wine-Dark Sea by H. N. Turteltaub

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In Rhodes, Menedemos is a young, daring sea captain; and scholarly, reserved Sostratos is his cousin. Now Menedemos and Sostratos plan their largest, most audacious trading voyage yet, which will take them from the shores of Asia Minor all the way to the coasts of faraway Italy, and to confrontations with the barbarians of an obscure town called Rome. Along the way they will buy and sell wine, silks, and evento the astonishment of allpeacocks.
 

About H. N. Turteltaub

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H. N. Turteltaub is the pseudonym of a well-known novelist who is also an accomplished historian of the ancient world.
 
Published July 13, 2001 by Forge Books. 381 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Sostratos discovers peoples, languages, plants, and animals unheard of in Greece, while the wily Menedemos harbors dreams of glory that go beyond simple riches to reach at the kind of power that was Alexander’s downfall.

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Dispensing facts chiefly through dialogue, Turteltaub not so much narrates as lays out the trading journey of the Aphrodite, under the command of two Rhodian cousins, Menedemos and Sostratos, as they attempt to carry, among other items of cargo, a peacock and some peahens safely from Rhodes to Po...

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