By Jo Walton
From acclaimed, award-winning writer Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a story of gods and people, and the amazing issues they need to study from each other. two decades have elapsed because the occasions of The simply City. town, based via the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, prepared at the ideas espoused in Plato's Republic and populated by way of humans from all eras of human historical past, has now cut up into 5 towns, and low-level armed clash among them isn't unheard-of.
The god Apollo, dwelling (by his personal selection) a human lifestyles as "Pythias" within the urban, his real identification recognized basically to a couple, is now married and the daddy of numerous teenagers. yet a sad loss reasons him to turn into ate up with the will for revenge. Being Apollo, he is going dealing with it in a possible rational and systematic manner, yet it truly is obtrusive, quite to his precocious daughter Arete, that he's unhinged with grief.
Along with Arete and a number of other of his sons, plus a boatload of alternative volunteers--including the now beautifully elderly Marsilio Ficino, the good humanist of Renaissance Florence--Pythias/Apollo is going crusing into the mysterious japanese Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to determine what they could find―possibly the fellow who could have prompted his nice grief, probably groups of the earliest humans to name themselves "Greek." What Apollo, his daughter, and the remainder of the excursion will discover…will swap everything.
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Boas and Archimedes ate speedy after which went off to paintings, and my brother Phaedrus joined us. This used to be awkward and uncomfortable simply because Baukis began flirting with him, although he’s 4 years older than we're. After your time they left jointly to appear whatever up within the library, either performing so silly and coy that I felt myself squirming as i stopped my nuts. “It’s relatively natural,” Ficino stated. I checked out him inquiringly. “Girls mature quicker, and they are certainly drawn to males many years older. It’s basic. It simply turns out unusual to you simply because we now have had such mounted cohorts that it hasn’t been attainable formerly. ” Ficino cracked a hazelnut and popped it into his mouth. He had a face now not not like a nut, wizened and brown. I didn’t in any respect are looking to seek advice from him approximately what ladies have been drawn to. “Why did you do it that manner, then? ” “Plato,” he stated, and held up a caution hand while he observed me open my mouth to protest. “Plato stated to start with ten-year-olds, and if you happen to do this you have got a iteration all of the related age. It was once a type of issues that simply occurred that means. It used to be purely ever meant to be for the 1st iteration. ” “It was once merely ever meant as a concept experiment,” I acknowledged. Maia had advised me that. “Yes, yet the following it truly is, and also you and that i reside in it. ” Ficino grinned. I swallowed the final of my porridge and amassed our plates jointly to take to the kitchen. “I may still pass. i need to research my strains. ” “Something Plato particularly wouldn’t have licensed of,” Ficino acknowledged. “I be aware of. I’ve by no means appropriately understood why he hated drama a lot. ” “He notion it used to be undesirable for individuals to think caused feelings, fake feelings. ” I sat down back. “But it’s now not. it may be cathartic—and it may be a manner of studying approximately feelings. ” “Plato didn’t wish humans to benefit these feelings. He sought after his perfect guardians to just comprehend honorable feelings. ” Ficino shook his head. “He had a truly hopeful view of human nature, when you consider it. ” I laughed. “He did if he idea jealousy and grief and anger may be excluded simply because we by no means observed The Myrmidons. I by no means observed any play till years in the past, except you count number the re-enactments of the Symposium on Plato’s birthday, yet I nonetheless felt all these issues. ” Ficino nodded. “But that’s what he particularly inspiration, and so that’s why we excluded drama. Or particularly, considering just about all of the unique Masters have been those that enjoyed the artwork of the traditional international, and masses of what survived was once drama, we made up our minds to maintain drama within the library yet now not let it to be acted. examining it quietly, we idea, wouldn’t have such an emotional impression. ” “Why did you modify your minds? ” I requested. “Not that I’m no longer blissful you probably did, simply because I’m quite thinking about taking part in Briseis on the Dionysia. ” “We didn’t switch our minds. It used to be debated numerous instances, and continuously made up our minds opposed to, till years in the past. ” i used to be approximately to invite what occurred years in the past, then i spotted: the 1st cohort of youngsters had get older adequate to vote. “Are performs nonetheless banned within the different towns?