Alcibiades was the most colorful character in one of history's most exciting periods. The Athenian is about Alcibiades, in love and war, and it touches on many aspects of Ancient Greece in her finest hour.
Considered the handsomest man of his generation, Alcibiades was pursued by both women and men in an era where sexuality knew no boundaries. At one time or another, throughout his extraordinary career, he was a leader in Athens, Sparta, and Persia. This is a novel in the tradition of Robert Graves and Mary Renault, but contemporary, fast-paced, sensuous, and funny.
Walter Ellis has already published the definitive biography on the subject: Alcibiades (1989) Routledge, but in this novel, he has told a story that will be interesting to a broad range of readers. Socrates, Plato, Pericles, and Thucydides are only some of the characters who populate this novel, scrupulously researched, but, nonetheless, full of imaginative, fictional detail.
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March 21, 2001
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