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Eagle and the Sun, The

Author(s): Belhaven and Stenton, Farnham, Lord Pages:
Publisher: John Murray Date of Publication: 1951
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Arabia Period: t/o Augustus (24 BC) (Code: 6)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Aelius Gallus, one of Augustus' generals fails to conquer Arabia in 24 BC. --- 'Beginning chapter 1 with a quote from Strabo, and following the chapter headings of Strabo's account of a Roman Legion sent by Augustus Caesar circa 24 B.C. under the command of Aelius Gallus, in addition to drawing upon his own personal experience of the desert, Belhaven has portrayed vividly betrayal and the unsuccessful attempt of Aelius Gallus to conquer Arabia,having suffered defeat at Mariba. Included in this historical novel, which reads like a journal, is the minor detail of a love story between a native girl and one of Gallus' soldiers.' (NYU catalog, via Leona Ascher)
Unique Qualities: author is Robert Alexander Benjamin Hamilton, Baron Belhaven and Stenton, Lord Farnham

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