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The Spartan

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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
Jun 11, 2010 Erastes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
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
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Jason Prodoehl
Jun 17, 2016 Jason Prodoehl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoy historical fiction, especially ancient historical fiction. There is a little homosexual eroticism in this, so be ready for that. This isn't the book to give to your grandmother.
Gordon Love
Jul 09, 2016 Gordon Love rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, gay
Not a great deal to this other than sex and violence. A fairly crude and disappointing read.
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