(urth) Soldier of Arete Answer

Adrian Robert arobert at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 10 05:51:09 PDT 2006

On Jul 10, 2006, at 8:28 AM, Dave Lebling wrote:

> Stilskin asked:
>> I remain baffled by what exactly transpires at the end
>> of Arete to throw Latro into his depression.
> http://mysite.verizon.net/~vze2tmhh/gwjbj3.html
> Jim Jordan's interview with Wolfe (at the above link) answers your 
> question.
> Search for "Sparta."

Well regardless of what Wolfe himself says there about the Spartan 
ceremony being the main antecedent, in real life there is rarely a 
single cause of depression, and the text certainly doesn't require 
Latro to be different.  There are a number of events that despite his 
weakened memory cannot have failed to have a cumulative effect.  The 
loss of Phareta, parting from various friends, the futile 
purposelessness with which he is tossed about by the winds of fate, ... 
  It is a tribute to his strength of spirit (and of the human spirit) 
that he carried on as long as he did.

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