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Praise Singer, the (1978) [Novel]
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In the story of the great lyric poet Simonides, Mary Renault brings alive a time in Greece when tyrants kept an unsteady rule and poetry, music, and royal patronage combined to produce a flowering of the arts.

Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. As they travel through 5th century B.C. Greece, Simonides learns not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the shifting alliances surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable knowledge of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century.

Original title: The Praise Singer
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistoricalAncient World (Greece, Rome, etc)Greece

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The Praise Singer (1978)
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Language: English

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The Praise Singer (2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0375714200
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 256

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The Praise Singer (December 1979)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 0553128981
Pages: 275

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The Praise Singer (1978)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 0394502738
Pages: 288

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