The Telemachia is an
exciting and moving novel
of ancient Greece
written by
Michael Barnes Selvin
Telemachus, son of the hero Odysseus and Penelope, struggles to preserve his
marriage and return to his hereditary throne on Ithaca.  He musters the slyness

of his father and the sagacity of his mother as he navigates the treacherous
waters of the War of the Families.  Brewing since before the war in Troy, this
conflict pits the two greatest clans in ancient Greece:  the Pelopides and
Heraclides.  It is the last gasp of a failing civilization.  With remarkable
parallels to today, Telemachus fights for his life and his family.

Why do we read the ancient Greeks?  When you read the Greeks, you will
come to appreciate what  the Greeks thought and felt, so exquisitely wrought,
and realize how much akin they are to our own modern sentiments and
emotions.  The Greeks, like Tiresias, foresuffered all, and they were there
some three thousand years before us.  Their religion served as the foundation
for our religions.  Their philosophy and learning led the way for our own
educational institutions.  Their art and creative  curiosity opened the doors to
our own creative energy, as evidenced over the millennia by the innumerable
literary and artistic references to the Greeks.  Politicians and officials today
owe their systems of public policy to the Greeks.  In no small measure, today
we owe our concept of governing, our celebrations, our epistemology, our
ability to perceive, our religious thoughts, and, yes, our warfare to the Greeks.
Today, you will find more relevance in reading the Greeks than you will find
in your morning paper.
Comments by readers and editors:

“The Telemachia is clearly highly polished, and the story quite well developed and carefully

“The organization of The Telemachia is rich, complex and brilliant.”

“What an absorbing and compelling story.”

"This is indeed a startlingly epic tale, ripe with originality and rendered with a highly adept ear for
language...beautifully written and exhaustively researched...close to the history and age from which
the material was born..."

“Antimenes, the gods, the story of Telemachus, and the battle for the Peloponnese are artfully

“I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night.”

“Very interesting indeed, and I'm more fascinated than ever by how you came into possession of all
this Greek knowledge.  The details are most impressive!”

“I savored every page of this very original epic account of Telemachus.”
Map of the Peloponnese and routes taken in
the War of the Families
The Telemachia
1200 BC: the Heraclides battle the Pelopides
in a war more devastating than
the Trojan War,
more significant to the Known World than
Alexander’s empire-building,
and more crucial to Telemachus
than the return of his father Odysseus ...
Winner of 2008
Publisher book
awards for
The Story of Telemachus, son
of Odysseus