A Man At Arms
Any story, from the Iliad to Casablanca, is about a passage from fear to love. The hero starts at ego-centered A and evolves, through trial and ordeal, to other-directed Z.
A Man at Arms starts with Telamon, the seemingly amoral mercenary of the ancient world, accepting an assignment from Rome to intercept and destroy a certain letter bound from Ephesus in Asia Minor to Corinth in Greece.
“Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
Paul’s true historical letter to the Christian community at Corinth became this book in the New Testament.
Telamon never gets to read the letter, nor does he care to. But the ordeal he undergoes in the service of its passage, and the bond he forms with the girl-child who is the central part of this, changes him—and the empire– forever.
“It is one thing to study war, and another to live the warrior’s life.”
– Telamon of Arcadia
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