Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War - Book III - The First Modern War (Chapters X-XIII) Summary & Analysis

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Book III - The First Modern War (Chapters X-XIII) Summary

In Chapter X, Polemides discusses life as a soldier. His moral code gets him in trouble when he refuses to massacre a group of men deemed enemies of the state. He becomes a mercenary soldier, fighting for pay instead of for a cause. Even during periods of truce, soldiers were hired. During this period, Polemides learns the multitude of skills needed by a soldier for hire and takes up with a woman called Eunice. Eunice is a camp wife and not a wife in the true sense of the word, but a step above the status of camp whore. Camp wives attach to only one man and the mercenaries honor that agreement. Polemides fights for Athens but runs errands for Sparta when hired to do so. During one of these errands...

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