The Last King of Lydia

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It is a strange friendship that he strikes up with Isocrates as a fellow slave; an odd respect that he learns for his conqueror, the Persian King Cyrus. On the brink of what would be an awful way to die in the hand of an enemy, Croesus realized it is none of those. On one level a page-turning romp through the ancient world, on another it is a moving reflective human story full of ideas on the nature of happiness, fulfilment and life itself.

Counterpoint to this is the attitude of Croesus’ slave, Isocrates, for whom happiness is ‘when nothing changes’. It was a fascinating read, a great story very well told, and makes me keen to read more about the ancient world.Croesus notes bitterly that the coinage bearing his family crest will last far longer than their kingdom. The first excellent thing about this book is that even if, like me, you’re an ancient history dunderhead, Leach eases you through it effortlessly. Croesus is not a man one might aspire to be like or be with, but his journey through life is a deep, varied and intimate one which I really enjoyed.

Many Thanks to the team at Atlantic for sending me a copy of this book, and to Kate for tipping me off. Important events are seen from the perspective of unexpected characters which gives the book so much more depth. Cyrus is strong, dominate, ruthless and power oozes from him, he make Croesus seem weak and feeble and a bit pathetic.Sure, Herodotus’ stories are fairly short, but they’re well told (even by modern standards Herodotus is pretty accessible) and I’m not one of those people who believes that bigger is inherently better. Tim Leach has taken the Greek legend of Croesus, the extravagantly rich king of Lydia whose river, the Pactolus, flowed with gold, and retold it in a smart, meaning-laden manner that I enjoyed. All of the main characters are multidimensional, easy to relate to and to empathise with, and historical fact is woven seamlessly into the storyline. It's intelligently written, often poetic, compelling and even though I knew the story of Croesus, it was full of surprises. Croesus, at least in this telling, provides an interesting example of how suffering derives not just from privation, but from excess as well.

He rules over an empire unrivaled in power and wealth and myths and rumours abound about the vast treasuries he has constructed in his palace. He does a great job of giving his characters distinct personalities and worldviews, including some historical and pseudohistorical figures (e.This is an absorbing, refreshing novel which offers something a little different to the norm and I hope that the author has more tales of ancient worlds in the pipeline. Our features are original articles from our print magazines (these will say where they were originally published) or original articles commissioned for this site. As a big fan of all manner of historical fiction I would highly recommend this book both for its writing but also how it explores a period not often seen in the genre.

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