The Olympic Charioteer



The Olympic CharioteerTwo Cities At War Two Men With Olympic Ambitions And One Slave The Finest Charioteer In Greece Set In Archaic Greece, And Based On Incidents Recorded In Herodotus, This Is The Tale Of A Young Man S Journey From Tragedy To Triumph And The Story Of The Founding Of The First Non Aggression Pact In Recorded History The Peloponnesian League Award Winning Novelist Helena P Schrader Has Again Created A Novel Full Of Rich And Realistic Characters While Providing Readers A Remarkable Insight Into Archaic Spartan Society Well Researched And Intelligently Interpolated From Recorded Facts, Schrader S Sparta Is A Refreshing Change From The Stereotypes Encountered In Much Modern Literature

Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine There, her father s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in East Blue Hill.It was the frequent travel and exposure to different cultures, peoples and heritage that inspired Helena to start writing creatively and to focus on historical fiction She wrote her first novel in second grade, but later made a conscious decision not try to earn a living from writing She never wanted to be forced to write what was popular, rather than what was in her heart.Helena graduated with honors in History from the University of Michigan, added a Master s Degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from Patterson School, University of Kentucky, and rounded off her education with a PhD in History cum Laude from the University of Hamburg, awarded for a ground breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler She worked in the private sector as a research analyst, and an investor relations manager in both the U.S and Germany She is now a diplomat serving in Africa.Helena published her first book in 1993, when her dissertation was released by a leading academic publisher in Germany a second edition followed after excellent reviews in major newspapers Since then she has published three additional non fiction books, starting with Sisters in Arms about women pilots in WWII, The Blockade Breakers about the Berlin Airlift, and Codename Valkyrie, a biography of General Olbricht, based on her dissertation Helena has also published historical novels set in World War Two, Ancient Sparta and the Crusades St Louis Knight won the Bronze in both the Historical Fiction and Spiritual Religious Categories of the Feathered Quill Literary Awards 2014 Her latest project, a biographical novel of Balian d Ibelin in three parts, got off to a great start when Knight of Jerusalem earned a B.R.A.G Medallion, and was selected as a Finalist for the 2014 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction The second book in the series did even better Defender of Jerusalem took the Silver for spiritual religious fiction in the 2015 Feathered Quill Awards, won the Chaucer Award for Medieval Historical Fiction, and is a finalist for the M.M.Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction It too is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree.She grew up sailing on the Maine coast and served as a petty officer on the sail training schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller She has owned four horses over the years and remains a resolute horsewoman She owns property in what was once Lacedaemon, which she visits regularly and where she and her husband Herbert intend to retire.

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  • Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • The Olympic Charioteer
  • Helena P. Schrader
  • English
  • 07 November 2018
  • 0595367828

10 thoughts on “The Olympic Charioteer

  1. Helena Schrader says:

    The core of the novel, Sparta s war with Tegea, was certainly a critical moment in ancient history It is certain that an attempted invasion of Tegea by Sparta ended instead in the enslavement of many Spartiates Equally certain is that King Anaxandridas, a protoge of the famous Spartan philosopher Chilon, chose not to annex Tegean territory and reduce the population to helots, but instead signed a mutual defence treaty.Chilon lived in the mid 6th century BC and was one of the seven wise men o The core of the novel, Sparta s war with Tegea, was certainly a critical moment in ancient history It is certain that an attempted invasion of Tegea by Sparta ended instead in the enslavement of many Spartiates Equally certain is that King Anaxandridas, a protoge of the famous Spartan philosopher Chilon, chose not to annex Tegean territory and reduce the population to helots, but instead signed a mutual defence treaty.Chilon lived in the mid 6th century BC and was one of the seven wise men of Ancient Greece He was generally counted among the philosophers, although he was also a poet, statesman, and ephor In fact, he is credited with having turned the previously ceremonial office of ephor into a politically powerful instrument to check the power of the Spartan kings He was respected throughout the Greek world for his opposition to tyranny and his support for democracy and the common man He was also an advocate of education for women His daughter Chilonis was one of the recorded disciples of the philosopher Pythagoras.This is the first book I wrote on Ancient Sparta, and some of my later research suggests that, for example, the kryptea probably did not exist untilthan a century later Nevertheless, the book portrays archaic Sparta as accurately as available sources enable

  2. Jane says:

    Engrossing as well as entertaining story of a Spartan father, Teleklos and his son, Lysandridas, of Olympic chariot racing and also the author s fictionalization of the signing of the bilateral pact between Sparta and Tegea, after war between the two City States This treaty became a prototype of later ones and the basis for the Peloponnesian League This was a fantastic story and certainly worth reading and rereading Lysandridas wins the 55th Olympic chariot race for his father, Teleklos, a hor Engrossing as well as entertaining story of a Spartan father, Teleklos and his son, Lysandridas, of Olympic chariot racing and also the author s fictionalization of the signing of the bilateral pact between Sparta and Tegea, after war between the two City States This treaty became a prototype of later ones and the basis for the Peloponnesian League This was a fantastic story and certainly worth reading and rereading Lysandridas wins the 55th Olympic chariot race for his father, Teleklos, a horse breeder During war between Sparta and Tegea, Lysandridas is captured and rescued from slavery by Antyllus, a wealthy Tegean aristocrat and horse breeder Antyllus recognizes the young man s talent for working with and love of horses Lysandridas is freed and works with the older man s horses, even driving his chariot racing team He teaches the lame son of the Speaker of the Tegean Assembly, Ambelos, to ride he and the lonely young man become best of friends and will remain so throughout the novel Finding out his son hasn t been killed in battle, Teleklos makes his way to Tegea and brings his son back to Sparta, where Lysandridas is not accepted back by everyone After much intrigue civil unrest a dictator seizing power in Tegea and his eventual overthrow, finally the treaty is signed Lysandridas is torn between staying in Tegea or returning to Sparta What will his heart tell him to do The author wrote a wonderfully uplifting story the humanity of her characters shone forth on every page I cared for them as people The author s writing made me feel as though I were actually there in the midst of the story I liked how she worked in some Spartan history and customs, even some of other City States The climactic 56th Olympic chariot race was really exciting

  3. April says:

    THE OLYMPIC CHARIOTEER by Helena P Schrader is an interesting historical fiction set in Archaic Greece It is well written with depth and details It is a tale of one slave,two men with Olympic ambitions, two cities at war and the finest charioteer in Greece It has tragedy,olpympic triumph,romance, slavery, intrigue,alliances,struggles, Archaic Spartan society, love won and lost.It is about the struggle of one slave who will become the greatest Olympic charioteer of all and his sacrifices,triu THE OLYMPIC CHARIOTEER by Helena P Schrader is an interesting historical fiction set in Archaic Greece It is well written with depth and details It is a tale of one slave,two men with Olympic ambitions, two cities at war and the finest charioteer in Greece It has tragedy,olpympic triumph,romance, slavery, intrigue,alliances,struggles, Archaic Spartan society, love won and lost.It is about the struggle of one slave who will become the greatest Olympic charioteer of all and his sacrifices,triumphs and the first non aggression pact the Peloponnesian League This is a very intense story with many facet characters It expands on the Spartan culture and shows much research was done in order to write this story It is packed full of action, adventure,tragedy, and is fast paced If you enjoy learningon the Spartan culture,their trials,triumphs,slavery and be transported to a different time and place this is the book for you It is a great read and is fast paced This book was received for the purpose of review from AME Virtual Author Tours and details can be found at iUniverse and My Book Addiction and More

  4. Julie says:

    I must admit it took me just a bit to get into this book The author was very thorough in setting up the backdrop and getting necessary information in place before continuing into the story BUT, once that groundwork was laid this story moved faster than the horses pulling the chariots I was very impressed with the historical figures, events and places that the author wove into her saga The characters were very believable and several were extremely likable making you really care about them I must admit it took me just a bit to get into this book The author was very thorough in setting up the backdrop and getting necessary information in place before continuing into the story BUT, once that groundwork was laid this story moved faster than the horses pulling the chariots I was very impressed with the historical figures, events and places that the author wove into her saga The characters were very believable and several were extremely likable making you really care about them and their fate Of course, I was drawn to this book initially because of the horses and the racing Ms Schrader didn t disappoint on that front either She obviously did just as much research on the care and training of horses as she did the historical elements.This was a very enjoyable read that I came away from feeling a littleeducated and extremely satisfied I highly recommend this book

  5. Jennifer Walker says:

    Helena P Schrader s The Olympic Charioteer is a brilliant tapestry of Ancient Greece, with brilliant characters and scenery It is a story for everyone those interested in history should find this to be a realistic portrayal of what might have happened during this time, while those who enjoy romance will get that fix as well There are also liberal sprinklings of mystery, drama and action A fascinating read

  6. Mystee says:

    My review for this book can be found here My review for this book can be found here

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