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  • Of Merchants and Heroes
  • Paul Waters
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  • 14 May 2020
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Summary Of Merchants and Heroes 107 A consuming story of love loss and redemption set in the classical world of Rome and Greece Of Merchants Heroes is the story of a young man's pursuit of his father's murderer and and of the values and ualities he develops that will make him a man a man capable of a deep noble and enduring loveAt the end of the third century BC as Republican Rome's long war with Cartha. This is one I thought after I d finished it that perhaps would have benefited by having its Historical Note at the start I certainly found it to be a better book looking back at it after having read the Historical Note than I did while I was actually ploughing through it Though I can maybe see why note was placed at the end not least because some readers may be put off by the information about homosexuality in the ancient Greek and Roman world Not an easy one to know how to feel about Because while homosexuality was accepted hell even the Spartans encouraged it to build up comradeship it hasn t featured at all in any of the Roman epics I ve read Ever Even ones with Greek people in them The only mention of it I can think of off the top of my head is in an Anthony Riches book recently where a prostitute is described by one of the Centurians as being able to suck cock like a Greek sailor after a week at sea Only a week And see it was something the Greeks did Funny people the Greeks Well never mind Of Merchants and Heroes is set at the end of the Third Century BC towards the end of Rome s war with Hannibal and Carthage A young lad called Marcus goes on a trip to Greece with his father Their boat them and the other passengers is captured by pirates The boy s father is killed and a young girl on the boat decides to kill herself before the pirates can think of other treatments for her This seems to have a profound effect upon the young boy Father dying hatred of the man who caused it I can understand The girl less so but there you go He vows to all sorts of gods to avenge his father s death He then finds his way back to Italy and is taken in by his uncle a minor business man who proceeds to marry the boy s mother becoming of course his new father Marcus is not impressed by his uncle in any way and trains as a soldier They move to Tarentum in the south where he makes friends with the Praetor s son Titus Praetor dies son largely takes over Then he becomes friends I forget how with a vision of Greek perfection called MenexenosThe story thus far has essentially been a series of small incidents chance meetings accidental observations potential intrigues dinner parties and nothing of any real substance after the killing of his father in the early pagesI could go on with all the to ing and fro ing between Italy and Greece mixing business with pleasure with being urged to social climb by his father to training in the gym and walking in the gardens fields and woods with this Menexenos lad But I won t That s about all that happens from there on in until they finally get Philip of Greece no not even THAT one to come out and fight Let s face it what we have here is the long drawn out tale of a love struck love sick 17 odd year old drippy Roman wandering aimlessly around Italy and Greece mooning after some athletic god like Greek boy It isn t what I expected but it isn t because of that that I found it dull It isn t because of the homosexuality not fitting in with my ancient world view either I know it went on just as it does today so what It is dull because absolutely nothing at all happens in a very very v e r y long time You start off well meaning enough with OK this looks like it could be interesting Then Right it s clearly one that takes its time warming up To So what IS this about then A gay love story set in ancient Rome and Greecewhy Why set it back then why not set it now Ah yes Brideshead Revisited has already been written Through Have I missed something No I haven t It ll really have to pull it out of the fire in the last 100 pagesactually even if it does it s wasted my time with the first 300 Oh well only another 100 pages to go Finally you finish it off with a thump down on the coffee table and a Oh well at least I got it cheap Nothing Several times it seems like he tries to put in something to suggest it is in case you didn t notice something than it actually is Late on when setting off after the pirate who has captured his step father he says it was the dark anger that had fashioned my life and made me different from other men Well no From having read the whole thing there s very little evidence apart from a couple of chance meetings or sightings of the pirate that had very little effect on him once they were over that this pirate has had any effect on him whatsoever Unless the pirate DID make him different to other men Can t see it The incident with the pirate the girl jumping to her death and the killing of his father apart from neatly too neatly book ending the story have had little to no bearing on the story or his character The addition of this phrase at the end smacks of desperation to me Of the writer admitting he has failed to convey this theme through the story and character development during the book and falling back on realising he s going to have to come out and state it So we add importance to the story that really isn t found thereBut wait let s now read that Historical Note The Historical Note talks of the book s lofty aims and as though they have been achieved No But it does help explain some of the waffle I ve read So say we give it a chance say we read all the way through thinking what the fck Then read the historical note and think OK maybe There is an interesting air of melancholy as the Historical Note erm notes Let s say it s a look at the Greek and Roman worlds on the cusp of change He is from the title onwards comparing the new Roman with the older Greek civilisations the ancient world changing to Merchants from Heroes And when contrasted with the Greek the book finds Roman civilisation distinctly lacking So maybe it is showing the end of the simple but noble and what we would nowadays almost dismissively call lofty ideals of the Greeks being given the elbow by the Romans Rome seems on the edge of its aspirations of Empire Greece and the Greek ideal is on the wane That s where he s at fairly and suarely For him the Greeks are philosophers and poets athletes and warrior heroes educated by and the latest in a long line of philosophers poets heroes and athletes Romans are grubby dull penny pinching merchants and career soldiers Further it does seem to suggest that Rome s empire building began or rather gained pace through a desire to keep any possible enemies at as long an arm s length from Rome as possible Sensible enough The Greek influence or at least its philosophers and poets if not its athletic homosexuals were beginning to find their way to the region s new centre of power and change Rome s dour brick buildings to something artistic that the book can live with What it can t live with is the loss of what seem to be Greek ideals of for instance art for art s sake sport for the love of sport and the pursuit of physical perfection that it both needs and develops But like it or not and the prevailing mood of the book is not to like it overly much Rome is on the rise Its message is being spread far and wide through its tradesmen rather than its artisans Through merchants and merchandise rather than ideals and heroes Roman values you can touch and buy Greek you can t All thatWhy the homosexual love story when a hetrosexual one could well have achieved the above aims just as well Yeah he s in love with this Greek perfection I get that Maybe it s by showing and it s most certainly not the bisexuality that was ubiuitous in the ancient world our lad Marcus is no way bisexual He never even looks at a girl after the first few pages He is full on gay Which kind of negates the premise but never mind love for love s sake That coulddoes reach across the borders subseuently imposed on it at the end of the classical period Maybe that was what he was thinking about while writing all the melancholic meanderingLooked back on in this light it is indeed possible it did achieve some of its purpose It s a pity that you have to wait until the story s finished to get it I m not gonna say it justifies the previous hundreds of pages of Fotherington 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Summary Of Merchants and Heroes 107 Ge was at last drawing to a close it was already threatened by a new enemy Philip the tyrant king of Macedon in the east Thus begins Rome's long involvement with Greek civilization from which it is to learn so much Into this turbulent world emerges our Roman hero Marcus whose father is brutally murdered by pirates on a journey from Italy to Corfu on a visit to his unc. 35 rounded to 4 This is a rereading first read late October 2012A sincere compliment very Mary Renaultesue in the ancient GreekRoman subject along with the treatment of malemale love here written about tastefully where it so easily could have been crude I enjoyed this readable engrossing novel even writing style seemed very similar to Ms Renault s In the 3rd century BC Marcus a young Roman travels with his father they are captured by pirates and his father sacrifices his life to save that of Marcus Marcus then lives with his uncle a greedy selfish merchant who marries Marcus s mother and gains control of the family estate near Praeneste Marcus is adopted by his uncle and is disgusted by the man s grossness and concern with money and his petty affairs Marcus swears revenge on the pirate Will this come to pass Marcus and a Greek athlete Menexenos meet and become close We see how Marcus matures in the novel from boy to man over a period of years Everything is here love hate gentleness warfare with Philip V of Macedonia even philosophy and wisdom put in the mouth of the common sense Menexenos and of the Roman Titus uinctiusAlthough the particular love theme made me personally uneasy I appreciate the uality of this story and recommend it highly