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The Chronicles of Pericles


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The Chronicles of Pericles denotes a collection of ancient manuscripts, supposedly unearthed adjacent to the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, when the city was preparing for the 2004 Olympic Games.

The chronicles are so named because the chief character appears to be Pericles. He may or may not be the same Pericles, more commonly known as the Greek statesman and general, who ruled during the 5th century BC, the greatest age of Athens.

Within these chronicles, time and place are not important. The stories are as told in an ancient language and set in a time that could be called Greek “Dreamtime.” It appears the original author was familiar with both Homer’s works and Greek mythology.

This historical adventure follows the discovery of these manuscripts and how copies came to be in the hands of “The Pericles Committee.” Of the original seven manuscripts, only three have been translated. What will the other four show?

Author Bio : Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, John R. Sabine earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has lived in the United States collectively for about eight years, and has spent six months in England and Sweden with multiple visits to other countries, especially China, Kuwait, and India. He has lived in Adelaide, Australia, for the past fifty years, working predominantly at the University of Adelaide. His wife is originally from America. They have five children and twelve grandchildren. The author is now in his third career, first as an academic and research scientist, second as a business consultant and entrepreneur, and now as a “Scholar-at-Large,” a thinker, writer, speaker, and actor.

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