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The Histories is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BCE it tells the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BCE. The histories includes the Battle of Thermopylae where 1400 Greeks under King Leonidas of Sparta sacrificed themselves to delay a Persian army of at least hundreds of thousands, an act that sealed the eventual fate of the Persians.
Unchecked scientific research can be a dangerous thing as Edward Prendick discovers after he is rescued at sea and taken to an island where the brilliant but controversial scientist, Dr.Moreau, has fled in order to continue his scientific experiments involving animal vivisection. Savage beasts, Man-Creatures, feral depravity, the Law according to Moreau - how will Prendick survive the island of Dr.Moreau?
The novel explores the three different loves Maggie Tulliver feels for the three men in her life - her father, her brother, and her special friend Philip Wakem. As the story moves to a dramatic conclusion, the gifted and independent Maggie is challenged by circumstance and tensions both within the family and between her family and the Wakems.
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