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Our Supreme Court has fallen at the command of PDutz [or was it Xi Jinping?], will the Office of the Vice President be next? (Tagum City, Davao del Norte/May 2018)

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238/ Spartan

We must survive in a world that has no pity for the vanquished.

Talos the Cripple becomes Kleidemos the Warrior. This is all thanks to the fact that he was actually born to a noble Spartan family. It’s just that the cruel laws of Sparta decree the disposal of cripple newborns. Old Kritolaos snatches Talos from the claws of death, raises him as a grandson, and trains him to lead the Helots to their freedom.

“Spartan” is a soap opera-kind of tale, but penned by Valerio Massimo Manfredi in grand poetic fashion.  Like Homer in prose. He reimagines the Battle of Thermopylae as a melodramatic vehicle to drive Talos to his tear-jerker of a reunion with his brother, father, and mother. After his reunion begins his true adventures, bold and heroic.

As you can see, it’s the old man’s experience that allows an ignorant and presumptuous young one to become worthy of his name.

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