Vidal's historical novel set in the 5th century BC and narrated by Cyrus Spitama, son of a Persian prince and Greek sorceress, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, and ambassador to the courts of India, China and Greece.
Pericles, Thucydides, Sophocles and Confucius are among the book's characters.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 23/09/1993
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349104751