To whom it may concern,
It is my great pleasure to write in support of Dr. Crouch’s manuscript. This is a vibrant volume that revisits and recasts an epoch-making (but often overlooked) period of antiquity.
Writing with great style, Dr. Crouch brings this ancient age to life once more; maintaining an expert balance between historical accuracy and creative imagination as he does so.
The book takes up the story of the gallant Pyrrhus: the most worthy of all the successors
to Alexander the Great, he is the vivid central character who guides us through his world.
The choice of Pyrrhus is most apt; one of the most dashing figures in ancient history in his
own right, he is also somewhat unique in that he links both ancient Greece and Rome. In a
work that captures all the clamour of a tumultuous age, we follow the young man through the early part of his career: fighting at his side in the epic battle of Ipsus, sailing with him through the Aegean, and seeing the ancient cities of Athens and Alexandria through his eyes. It is a journey detailed throughout with real authority, great care, and unflagging energy.
Dr. Crouch succeeds splendidly in conveying a compelling interpretation of the lives
and loves, the achievements and aspirations, of great men in a great age. This is an engaging script that deserves a wide audience.
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