A lame schoolmaster, an ambitious officer, and a grieving widow find their fates interwoven as the Messenian revolt threatens to destroy Sparta. Based on an incident recorded in Herodotus, A Song for Sparta tells the remarkable story of Sparta's struggle with Messenia in the seventh century BC through the eyes of three different narrators. The Messenian Wars were the transformative event that shaped Spartan society for the next four hundred years.
Helena P. Schrader earned a PhD in History from Hamburg University before becoming a US diplomat serving in Africa and Europe. She has published more than twenty works of history and historical fiction and is the winner of multiple literary awards. Her biography of Leonidas of Sparta will be released in Athens in Greek for the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae.