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The Tortoise in Asia

Author: Tony Grey
ISBN: 978-0861967254
Original Region: Australia
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2016
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Based on a popular legend in Gansu, the far western province of China, The Tortoise in Asia recounts the exploits of Marcus, a young Roman centurion schooled in the Greek classics who, after a devastating loss in a battle with the Parthians, is taken prisoner, marched along the Silk Road, and pressed into service as a border guard on the eastern frontier. After a daring escape, Marcus has many adventures working with the Hun army as a mercenary. Throughout this harrowing journey, Marcus learns about Chinese philosophies, uncovering the startling similarities between these philosophies and those of Greece.

The Tortoise in Asia is an historical fiction based on a legend popular in Gansu, the far western province of China. Some people there have Caucasian features, a curiosity that has given rise to a thriving tourist attraction based on the belief that they are descendents of Roman legionaries who travelled along the Silk Road.

It is an adventure story beginning with the lead up to the battle of Carrhae (in Anatolia) in 53 BC.  
Marcus, a young and upwardly mobile centurion tutored in the Greek classics is the adviser to Crassus, the general in charge of the Roman invasion of Parthia (ancient Iran). He gives self-interested advice and the Romans lose the battle. 
Crassus (from whom the word is derived) suffers a grisly fate.

About the Author

Tony Grey is a Canadian actor who studied classics, history, and law. He was an actor in several television dramas on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was the lead in one of Canada's first feature films.
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