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By Tom Holt

This ancient novel takes as its foundation the truth that 2776 years in the past a bunch of guys ran among piles of stones, and invented historical past. If, that's, historical past will be believed. All we all know now's the identify of the guy who received the race within the first ever Olympic video games in 776 BC.

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So it is all approximately -' right here he stated a be aware in his personal language that no-one known. 'It capability remembering the past,' he defined. 'Making a list of the prior, in truth, in order that the deeds of serious and wonderful males could by no means be forgotten, and in order that humans can research from the errors made by means of their forefathers and never repeat them. ' 'Exactly,' acknowledged Palamedes, relieved. 'That's precisely what the video games are for. in order that nice runners and jumpers and wrestlers could be remembered. ' 'And nice nose-pickers too? ' 'If you reside in a spot the place nose-picking is taken into account a good ability, sure. Why no longer? ' The Phoenician nodded. 'Fair enough,' he acknowledged. 'I used to be simply asking. in basic terms, i don't believe it is ever going to capture on the place I reside. while our approach of going approximately this comparable factor, i feel that is going to unfold, and someday everybody'll be doing it. ' 'You suggest writing,' Cleander broke in, 'what we have been speaking approximately past. The little marks and squiggles. ' 'That's it. ' 'Well,' Palamedes stated, 'each to his personal. You search for immortality through making little marks on waxed forums. ' 'And you do it through working among piles of stones. ' The Phoenician shrugged back. 'Like you acknowledged, each one to his personal. yet another factor. those video games of yours - why do you simply have them whilst an individual dies? ' the subsequent second, the Phoenician used to be pondering what it was once he'd stated that everyone came upon so humorous. 'Please excuse us,' Palamedes stated. 'Private shaggy dog story. yet that is a superb query you simply requested. Why certainly? ' 'Which is the place i'd simply acquired to,' Cleander further plaintively, 'before i used to be interrupted. ' 'What a bloody silly idea,' King Leon stated (the blind guy went on). 'Holding video games whilst nobody's died. ' 'I don't believe so,' I answered. 'I do,' Leon acknowledged. 'Think approximately it, will you? you are out within the fields ploughing or operating your sheep throughout the raddle, and a bring in comes as much as you and says, Drop every little thing, we are protecting video games. and also you ask why, and the bring in says, simply because everybody's nonetheless alive. i do know what i might inform him to do, in these situations. ' I sat down subsequent to him. 'Leon,' I acknowledged, 'you're taking a look at this the opposite direction. video games are for celebrating, correct? ' Leon nodded. 'To have a good time the dignity of the lifeless guy, and make glory for the residing. ' 'All right,' I stated. 'And humans like video games, certain? ' 'Of course,' he responded. 'Both observing and participating. ' I smiled. 'Now we are getting somewhere,' I acknowledged. 'Of path, the difficulty with so much video games is, basically the folks inside a day's trip get to participate. ' 'Well, in fact. you cannot depart lifeless our bodies striking approximately if you look forward to humans to reach from all over. ' 'Absolutely,' I acknowledged. 'But if you happen to had video games whilst nobody's died, you'll ship out heralds previously, good upfront; ensure that all of the most sensible games-players received to listen to approximately it. in the event that they knew the entire different first-rank runners and jumpers and charioteers have been going to be there, they would are looking to be there too. ' Leon scratched his ear. 'I think they would,' he stated. 'But you continue to have not advised me what the video games will be for.

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