The Walls of Sparta
August release 2017
by Charles Lloyd
The life of Sparta’s most famous and most influential Agesilaos (ca.444-ca.360 BCE, king of Sparta 400-360 BCE). He assumed power at the apex of the city-state’s prosperity and military domination. Eros between men fascinates this king—his own lover puts him on the throne. A royal matchmaker, he surrounds himself with numerous pairs of lovers. They fight by his side in horrific battles, and one of his protégés, the most beautiful man of his generation, fights nude against awe-struck Thebans. Yet the king’s own love is a striking Persian boy. A marvelous new rendition of an ancient story written with fascinating insights into Spartan's martial culture and its use of the agoge, the institution that raised young men to be elite warriors often amid the exchange of sexual and amorous experiences. But outside forces encroach even here and the king must consider the threats of Thebes and Corinth, as well as those at home.
Charles Lloyd is a retired University Professor at Marshall University's Classics Department. This is his debut novel.