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The Elgin Marbles

Stealing Athena is a wonderful historical novel about two relatively unknown women from completely separate time periods. Mary Nisbet and Aspasia of Miletus may have lived more than 2200 years apart, but Karen Essex¿s new book shows the similarities between them, both ...
Stealing Athena is a wonderful historical novel about two relatively unknown women from completely separate time periods. Mary Nisbet and Aspasia of Miletus may have lived more than 2200 years apart, but Karen Essex¿s new book shows the similarities between them, both in their lives and in their personalities. A slightly larger portion of the book is from Mary¿s point of view, and we are first introduced to Aspasia when Mary begins reading Plutarch¿s Life of Pericles. Aspasia was the lover of Pericles, who commissioned the Parthenon Marbles. Mary¿s life became forever intertwined with the Elgin Marbles, as they are also known, when her husband, Lord Elgin, set out on his quest to `rescue¿ the marbles from Athens for the glory of Britain. Stealing Athena spans the entirety of Mary¿s marriage to Lord Elgin, including the years it took to obtain the Parthenon Marbles, and parts of Aspasia¿s life with Pericles. Essex¿s book gives very interesting insights in the women¿s relationships and how they assist their partners in their endeavors, despite the prejudices against women in both eras. We also are given a window into the cultures and beliefs of their society, which made it easy to understand what motivated them and their peers. Overall, it is a great book to read, for either the relationships and character dynamics, or for the historical settings and culture. I personally believe if you like historical fiction or character driven novels, you¿ll love this book.

posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Elgin Marbles

Stealing Athena has a beautiful cover, one of the nicest I've seen in a long while. Rich and opulent, just like the settings for this story. A novel based on true events, it reads like a romance. The tale is a romantic one, taking place as it does in Greece (both ancien...
Stealing Athena has a beautiful cover, one of the nicest I've seen in a long while. Rich and opulent, just like the settings for this story. A novel based on true events, it reads like a romance. The tale is a romantic one, taking place as it does in Greece (both ancient and "modern" (19th century)) and Constantinople. The author's attention to detail is wonderful; she makes you see the fascinating places she describes. I really like that she included a section telling what happened to each of the major characters, including the Elgin Marbles.

posted by Dulcibelle on October 14, 2008

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