In an attempt to lift the veil of mystery surrounding the life of the famed Archimedes, a historian seeks out Telesilla, his surviving wife. He hopes the woman would share the story of the great scientist, who tragically died during the capture of Syracuse. After certain reservations Telesilla shares her tale. Young Archimedes gazes at the solar system; he has already started questioning things, his natural curiosity is developing into what many will later call a life-long affair with pure logic. Soon comes the day when the young prodigy moves to Alexandria to be tutored by Euclid himself. Upon his return home, Archimedes discovers solutions to the problems that left great King Hiero vexed. But through all the praise and power the scientist never gives up on the grandest mission of all- the one he set for himself. However, the relationship between the king and the genius is shaken when Hiero's political pragmatism crosses Archimedes' distrust of power. The fallout leads to decades of solitary scientific exploration until Syracuse is caught in the middle of the Punic War. Trapped between the power plays of two great nations, daunted by the death of his beloved king and with the Roman fleet at anchor, Archimedes is called upon by duty to protect his home.
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