The Persian Boy Author:Mary Renault The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedonian army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, th... more »e demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper.
After Alexander's mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone. This novel reveals a little known facet of the life of Alexander the Great, who in his 33 years conquered most of the known world and changed the entire course of history. The story is told by Alexander's young companion Bagoas, a real historical figure. The beautiful young eunuch becomes Alexander's lover and we see the last seven years of the great general's life through his lover's eyes.« less