Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Stirling rewrites history in two ways. First, he shows us that the original events were not as recorded, e.g., Agamemnon and Menelaos were not brothers. (p. 100) Secondly, of course, the time travelers change the course of events in any case.
However, some of the recorded details were accurate:
"'...these people don't have much idea of spook-work. Odikweos, he's the exception.'" (p. 101)
In our mythology, Odysseus spied inside Troy during the siege of that city. "Meanwhile," Moses sent spies into the Promised Land. (Here.) The roots of military intelligence and of spy fiction were way back then.