The Tortoise in Asia

by Tony Grey

Published by: John Libbey Publishing

280 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 2 maps

  • Hardcover
  • 9780861967254
  • Published: August 2016


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  • eBook
  • 9780861969203
  • Published: August 2016


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.