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The Philosopher Kings: A Novel by Jo Walton
The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato’s “Republic” and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of. The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as “Pythias” in the City, his true identity known only to a few. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers–including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence–Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find–possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves…
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