The War God's Men by David Ross Erickson

By David Ross Erickson

264 B.C. For Rome, the line to empire starts at sea. however it is Carthage who ideas the waves, and her generals in Sicily have already warned that Romans aren't allowed "to even wash their hands" within the water.

With no fleet of its personal, Rome is not anything greater than a local upstart with delusions of grandeur. yet with the domination of the Mediterranean global on her brain, Rome will do greater than wash her arms. For while Rome and Carthage come to a decision for warfare, the entire old international could be washed in blood.

Dramatizing Rome's upward push from obscurity to global energy, The battle God's males follows the fortunes of universal infantrymen, generals and politicians alike. From the carnage of the battlefields of Sicily to the blood-soaked decks of significant warships at sea to the sparkling halls of strength in either Carthage and Rome, The battle God's males is an epic story of an historic international engulfed in flames.

Here you'll meet unforgettable characters: Hannibal Gisgo, the beleaguered Carthaginian basic, extra at battle with the powers in Carthage than the armies of Rome; Boodes, the getting older baby-kisser who wishes only one final shot at army glory; Gelon, the flowery Syracusan cavalry commander with a burning hatred for all issues Rome; Archimedes, the recognized mathematician who invents a mystery weapon that may swap the process background; and Juba, the Numidian cavalryman whose thirst for vengeance propels him on an odyssey that takes him from sour betrayal and alienation to the sting of insanity itself.

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Their goal was the practice of alchemy, or the ability to transform lead into silver or gold. The key to alchemy, according to ideas introduced in the tenth century, was a magical substance called the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it consisted of fine particles, this substance was not really a stone but a powder. For this reason the Philosopher’s Stone was sometimes referred to by sorcerers as the powder of projection. The strength of the Philosopher’s Stone was based on the nowdiscredited belief that all matter is composed of identical atoms.

As Levi writes: “There are two kinds of Necromancy, that of light and that of darkness—the evocation [of the dead] by Prayer, Pentacle and Perfumes, and the evocation by blood, imprecations and sacrilege [curses and disrespect]. We . . ”38 “The Carcasses of the Slain” Did You Know? Ancient Romans described spirits called larvae, creatures with hideous facial features that tortured the dead in the underworld. 62 Sorcery The methods of necromancy developed by the early Greeks and Romans survived for centuries with little variation, and the purpose of talking to the dead remained the same in every era.

While the desire for gold was strong, the quest for the Philosopher’s Stone went beyond satisfying the greed of the sorcerer. It was thought that the Philosopher’s Stone could also rearrange the atoms in the human body. This would heal the sick and pro- 54 Sorcery long life indefinitely. By pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists sought immortality. “The Most Pure Gold” The search for a formula for the Philosopher’s Stone consumed the lives of innumerable sorcerers. One of the earliest descriptions of the substance comes from 1618.

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