These days I'm reading Steven Pressfield's novel The Afghan Campaign (2006), a masterpiece in the art of narrating war and describing the ancient world.
Alexander the Great's army is now crossing the Hindu-Kush on their way to Bactria, where they will meet their enemies. The final goal, of course, is that legendary land called India.
A beautiful excerpt from Book II:
"You ask, my friend, how I can be a soldier and a poet? I answer: how can one be a soldier and not a poet?"
When I finish the novel I'll write the full review.