Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Conan And Spartacus

When Ian Arnstein sees a ten foot, two headed cobra above a temple, he asks himself:

"'...where's Conan when you need him?'"
-SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Twenty-One, p. 435.

One place he is is in Conan The Rebel by Poul Anderson. Arnstein also refers to Howard Fast's Spartacus. Fast wrote that Spartacus' name would be remembered and sometimes shouted. I have heard it. Fast's Spartacus said from the cross, "I will return and I will be millions." See here.

Conan and Spartacus are an interesting contrast, a fantasy hero and a historical figure.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And the people of the Kingdom of Stygia we see in CONAN THE REBEL worship a sinister snake god call Set. But Set only has one head!