The Persian Boy
The reissue of Renault’s classic trilogy about the life and death of Alexander the Great is welcome indeed, for long-time fans and most especially for those unfamiliar with Renault’s fine grasp of history and presentation.
The Persian Boy begins shortly after Alexander ascends to power and is presented with the gift of the eunuch Bagoas. Over the next seven years, Bagoas becomes the king’s trusted confidant, and he relates the continued exploits of Alexander, from conquering kingdoms, to marrying two very different women, to surviving assassination attempts and uniting an increasingly diverse army. Through Bagoas the reader can plumb the depths of Alexander’s many loves and desires, as well as his faults.
All three volumes contain maps reflecting Alexander’s world, and are a useful addition for the reader.