British author Tom Harper has written an imaginative and erudite novel that explores the obsessive quests of two men separated by more than years. In alternating chapters the reader first joins the philosopher Plato as he sets sail from Pireaus in B. His journey has been prompted by a request from his close friend and fellow Athenian, poet Agathon.
His search for the illusive Agathon is aided by a variety of increasingly bizarre characters, all of whom seem to bear some allegiance to the thoughts of Pythagoras. Near the ancient town on Thurii, Plato is horrified to learn that Agathon, who has apparently become haunted by the need to find the roots of Pythagorean philosophy, is suspected of looting a tomb—a crime so heinous that it calls for the condemnation of the gods.
His fevered need to find Agathon before disaster befalls his old friend leads him back to Thurii, into the arms of the bewitchingly beautiful Diotima, a philosopher and priestess, and to discover a tiny gold grave tablet with inscribed instructions for penetrating the underworld governed by the god Hades. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately , especially if potentially libelous or harmful. Hidden categories: BLP articles lacking sources from August All BLP articles lacking sources All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Place of birth missing living people Year of birth missing living people.
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