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The Bronze God of Rhodes [Paperback]

L. Sprague de Camp
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14 Jun 2013
The Bronze God of Rhodes is written as the memoirs of Chares of Lindos. **** Chares of Lindos was a Greek sculptor born on the island of Rhodes. A pupil of Lysippos, Chares eventually built the Colossus of Rhodes, now considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. **** These memoirs present the trials and tribulations (some of them hilarious) of the sculptor as he undertakes various projects and is forced into a number of adventures, particularly in Ptolemaic Egypt. **** This is the second historical novel that L. Sprague de Camp wrote (in order of writing), drawing upon his extensive and detailed historical knowledge of the period.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (14 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161242144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612421445
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Entertaining 13 Jun 2013
De camp is well known and much maligned for his Science Fantasy novels. He also wrote a series of about six novels set in ancient Greece which are much more successful. Although the building of the Colossus of Rhodes is the theme hinted at in the title, much of the novel concentrates on the siege of Rhodes by Demetrius the Besieger in the 3rd Century BC and the defence of the city by assorted engineers including the sculptor, Chares, who would later build the Colossus. Chares is an entertaining creation, young, arrogant, convinced of his own genius, able to antagonise anyone he comes in contact with, failing to understand why no one recognises his genius. His various adventures on Rhodes and elsewhere in the Hellenistic East are historically convincing and often very funny indeed. I think especially of how he fends off an amorous Demetrius and how he is put right by a Ptolemy of Egypt who is impervious to flattery. This is an enjoyable book, long out of print, but far superior to many novels set in the ancient world written recently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing History 12 Sep 2006
By W. Zeranski - Published on
Historical novels are one thing, but Ancient-history novels are another. You have to love the period to make the characters real. You also have to know the period to make the story work. De Camp did both.

Of course, history, archeology, geology, linguistics were passions of de Camp. He wrote many books on a variety of subjects, and he and his wife visited many of the places which he wrote of. Simply put, the man knew his history.

The `Bronze God of Rhodes' deals with the family life of a young man, Chares of Lindos, an artist just completing his apprenticeship, and wishing to step out on his own. Here de Camp succeeds in bring the past into the present by showing would times--even ancient times--just don't change. Chares wants to be on his own and not go into the family business. Of course, the ancient world has its own complications as life grows more difficult for Chares with the coming of war, the difficulties of ancient sea travel and shady dealings, all with an exotic flavor. But, all the desperation and anxiety is tempered with humor. De Camp shows that in ancient Rhodes a sense of humor and the ability to tell tall-tales was just as important then as now.

Ancient-history novels aren't written any more. We're missing something, but we still have the work of L. Sprague de Camp.
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