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The Spartan

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16 year old Pantarkes' greatest goal is to enter the olympics and win the laurel crown. But when he accidentally kills the son of a high official he's forced to flee Sparta.

This novel of classical Greece and the early Olympics vividly portrays an era when same-sex relationships were a common and valued part of life.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published June 1982 by Alyson Publications
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Erastes
As an adventure story it falls down, a little, although beginning promisingly, and I found myself thinking that at times it felt like a YA novel, which is not at all a bad thing. There are some sexual encounters but I’m sure it’s not too explicit for gay teenagers!

The pairing off ceremonies for Erastes and eromenos were particularly interesting and at time, amusing, as were the explanations of training for the various sporting events.

The blurb calls it “fast paced” and it certainly is. We are wh...more
Gordon Love
Not a great deal to this other than sex and violence. A fairly crude and disappointing read.
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