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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sacred Games by Gary Corby

Sacred Games by Gary Corby is about a murder during the 80th Olympiad in 460 BC. Nico is trying to prove an old childhood friend of Athens didn’t kill his arch Spartan rival before their Olympic event. Nico and Diotima are married, but their fathers have yet to approve the marriage. At one point in the investigation, Nico must confer with Pindar, the famous poet.
“Do you like to drink?” Nico asked.
“I’m a poet.” Responded Pindar.
“I’ll take that as a yes.”
And so the games go on. Nico is coupled with Markos, a Spartan, to make the investigation equitable for both the Spartans and Athenians. The scene in Olympia is outrageous and just as bawdy as any modern day Olympics, except toady the athletes compete and walk around clothed, not so then.
One thing that is still the same is that the Olympics were a political event then too.

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