"Would that there was another earth above our own or a way to ascend to the moon. For if I but had a place to stand upon, I could move the world " Archimedes In the third century, B.C., Greek Siracusa is the dominant city on the is-land of Sicily. It is also the strategically-critical fulcrum point between the Mediterranean's two greatest military powers. Hannibal's invasion of the Italian peninsula and the death of Siracusa's benevolent dictator compel both Carthage and Rome to control Siracusa. Leonides, ambitious young soldier and pentathlon champion of Sira-cusa, knows that only a miracle can save peaceful Siracusa from destruction. That savior emerges as his great-uncle, the genius mathe-matician and inventor, Archimedes. His engines of war, like none ever seen before, hold back two desperate Roman legions and Roma's best general, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, season after season. At the same time, Leonides faces a fearsome war of passions. His new wife, Aurora, product of a hasty political marriage, is the daughter of Consul Marcellus, the very man who leads the legions besieging Leon-ides' city. His beloved Thalia, the most beautiful woman in Siracusa, is forced by her family to marry Leonides' rival. Undaunted, she tempts him night and day to repudiate his marriage and take her as his mis-tress. Explore fascinating ancient history entwining a tale of relentless adven-ture and fiery passions "If you are a fan of Spartacus, Gladiator, Ben-Hur, and every ancient historical grand epic ever told, filled with action, intrigue, passion, violence, adventure, conspiracies, and true heroes and villains-this book is for you. An instant Classic " Robert E. Gelinas Author, The Mustard Seed
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