Sacred Games (An Athenian Mystery)

By Gary Corby

The 3rd e-book within the significantly acclaimed sequence set in Classical Athens, that includes the traditionally inspired amateur detective Nicolaos.
 
It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's ally, Timodemus, is a competitor within the pankration, the deadly martial artwork of old Greece. Timo is sizzling favourite to win. His basically critical rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is located crushed to loss of life, it's noticeable Timodemus has to be the killer. Who else can have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas however the absolute best? The Judges of the video games sentence Timodemus to be performed in 4 days' time, once the Sacred video games have finished.
 
Complicating every little thing is the truth that Athens and Sparta are already at every one other's throats, within the beginning phases of an influence fight for keep an eye on of Hellas. If an Athenian is located to have cheated on the video games by way of murdering a Spartan, it is going to be every thing the hawks in Sparta have to claim open battle the instant the Sacred Truce is over. and that is a battle Athens can't wish to win.
 
Nico and his associate in sleuthing, the annoyingly smart priestess Diotima, have 4 days to save lots of their pal and sidestep a struggle that might tear their international aside.

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They wheeled in first and foremost mild, bought wine via the cup at amphora costs, then disappeared while it was once too darkish to count number the cash. “What’s your top wine? ” I requested the fellow at the back of the cart. He was once darkish and coated in warts. From the best way he wobbled and his eyes glazed over, I guessed he’d been at his personal wares. “Got a few from Lampsacus mendacity around,” he slurred. “Lampsacus is in Ionia,” he additional helpfully. “Yes, i do know. ” i purchased the wine and didn’t fear in regards to the rate. If Pericles and Pleistarchus have been either so wanting to stay away from a battle, one or the opposite of them might fund me for a couple of cups of wine. Pindar me whereas I carried a cup in every one hand to the colour beside the Heraion, the Temple of Hera. We sat on a bench that was once, miraculously, unoccupied. I acknowledged, “Pindar, i've got a query for you. Gorgo says that, directly after the contest at Nemea final yr, Arakos complained to her. He stated there have been irregularities. One-Eye advised me to disregard rumors earlier than I’d even heard them. This has arise too again and again now. What quite occurred? ” Pindar fixated on just one element. “Gorgo? ” he stated. “Queen Gorgo’s at Olympia? I had no inspiration. you must keep away from Gorgo, Nicolaos. She is aware those that kill humans. plenty of them. ” “You’re too late,” I informed him. “We’ve already spoken to her. She turns out rather great, when you get earlier her innate emotions of overall superiority. ” He rubbed his chin. “Her emotions are good based. I do have nice regard for either her and her excellent husband. I considered the battlefield, you recognize, ahead of the our bodies have been buried. I by no means observed such carnage earlier than or considering that, yet something i will let you know: each Spartan who died despatched 100 Persians to Hades earlier than him. ” there has been anything I’d constantly questioned approximately that almost all well-known of final stands. “Tell me, Pindar, is it real you wrote the epitaph for the 3 Hundred? ‘Passerby, move inform the Spartans that right here, in response to their legislation, we lie. ’ ” They have been the best-known strains of poetry on this planet, yet not anyone who’d been current whilst the memorial stone used to be raised had ever claimed the credits. “I’m unlikely to speak about that,” Pindar acknowledged with out hesitation. “The overdue, nice Simonides and that i have been either at the venture to compliment the fallen. We agreed the deeds of the heroes have been more than the phrases of any poet and swore by no means to bare the writer. it may well now not also have been both folks; different poets have been there too. ” the way in which he acknowledged it, I knew this used to be a rehearsed line that he’d repeated time and again. I wasn’t shocked. all people desired to comprehend who wrote these strains. It informed me whatever else approximately Pindar: for all his significant ego, the fellow was once a patriot. “Gorgo’s contribution to the battle was once as nice as her husband’s,” Pindar acknowledged. “When the Persians accrued their military to invade, a Spartan then exiled in Persia despatched us a caution. The Persians could have stopped him, so he needed to write in mystery. He scratched his invasion alert at the backing board of a wax pill, which he lined over with clean wax, after which despatched it domestic. whilst an it sounds as if clean capsule arrived in Sparta, none of Sparta’s so-called clever leaders understood the which means.

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