The Gryphon's SkullBook - 2002
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Gryphon’s Skull is the second historical novel to deal with the merchant cousins Menedemos and Sostratos from fourth century Rhodes.
While Over the Wind-Dark Sea saw the cousins trying their luck with exotic cargo in distant Italia, Gryphon’s Skull is a tour of the Aegean as the clouds of war threaten to arise between Alexander the Great’s successors, Ptolemaios and Antigonos. Despite their best endeavors to avoid the war, the two traders find themselves drawn into it in ways they hope they can turn to their advantage.
On this particular journey, the argumentative duo obtains the skull of a strange looking bird that Sostratos believes is a gryphon, which proves the existence of the mythical beast. Menedemos dreams of receiving plenty of loot at an auction as he figures the philosophy schools will compete to buy the gryphon skull. As the relatives argue, fuss, and fight over the bird, they must also deal with the typical hazards of the open sea ranging from pirates to warring countries to spoiled aristocratic relatives, but mostly they contend with one another.
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