Dec. 26th, 2011

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I was going to wait until morning to rec this because it's late and I'm exhausted but I have Feelings for this fic and I can't not rec it immediately.

I have never read a more beautiful take on Alexander/Hephaistion, in either fic or published works. Mary Renault's novels are excellent, but there's something to the unrestrained devotion and equality between the two in this fic that appeals to me. Hephaistion is so often considered a distant second to Alexander, someone Alexander treasured based on physical traits alone, and that's irritated me ever since I was twelve years old when I started reading about them.

This fic shows Hephaistion as a near equal to Alexander, someone intelligent and capable and clever and loyal and kind. Someone you believe that one of the greatest generals and strategists in history would want to keep at his side.

This fic has incredible deftness to its writing that I can only hope to aspire to someday. Reading this was both humbling and inspiring and it made me desperately want to write. It's also got the kind of warmth that comes when you write from the heart.

I can't say enough about how much I love this fic, and I hope that – even if you don't know a thing about Alexander the Great or his second-in-command Hephaistion – you'll read this because it's beautiful and, I think, expertly done.

The Diplomat (14375 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alexander the Great/Hephaistion
Characters: Alexander the Great, Hephaistion
Summary: Hephaistion builds a bridge across the Euphrates. For Yuletide 2011.


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