(From the publisher):
I looked down at the copper band on the gnarled finger. I'd always considered it a crude, worthless thing but now I saw it to be marked with curious designs, all interwoven to form mysterious symbols.
"Aye," Lysis said feebly, "this ring is more precious than a hundred times the jewels in my chest. But it must be earned, Thamus, and not easily. You will win the right to wear it by taking the scrolls to Epaminondas and keeping them out of the hands of his enemies. You may meet danger on the way, I warn you, but you must prevail! Otherwise, Epiminondas and Thebes are doomed."
Thus begins the picaresque adventures of young Thamus as he encounters the many dangers that his mentor had warned him about and arrives safely with the scrolls in Thebes. There he is greeted with a hero's welcome by the Supreme Boeotarch, who adopts him as his favorite son. But when Thamus falls in love with the daughter of Epaminondas he is treated with scorn, and his whole being turns to revenge. And what better way to accomplish this than by a subtle alteration of his own readings of the scrolls, since he is the sole person capable of interpreting them?
Original title: The Scrolls of Lysis
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece