Aristotle and Poetic Justice: Murder and Mystery in Ancient Athens

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330BC: it is the year that Alexander the Great sacked Persepolis and won the greatest fortune the world had ever known. The night of the Silent Dinner when Athens placates the spirits of the dead passes with a creeping mist accompanied by eerie portents and a strange disappearance. Stephanos, son of Nikiarkhos and his teacher, the philosopher Aristotle, are drawn into solving the perplexing abduction case of Anthia, the heiress of a prominent silver merchant. Someone has snatched her from her home, but what is ...

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Overview

330BC: it is the year that Alexander the Great sacked Persepolis and won the greatest fortune the world had ever known. The night of the Silent Dinner when Athens placates the spirits of the dead passes with a creeping mist accompanied by eerie portents and a strange disappearance. Stephanos, son of Nikiarkhos and his teacher, the philosopher Aristotle, are drawn into solving the perplexing abduction case of Anthia, the heiress of a prominent silver merchant. Someone has snatched her from her home, but what is the motive: rape, a forced marriage or murder? All that is known is that the abductor and the heiress are on the road to Delphi and its ancient oracle.

Stephanos and Aristotle pursue them but along the way there are plenty of distractions: it’s spring time and the country is full of reborn life, the thought of romance and marriage is never far from young Stephanos’ mind, and rumours of mysterious strangers passing in the night abound, of disguises and swapping of identity. Then the actuality of murder shatters the idyll. It seems that there is a psychopath on the road pursuing abductor and heiress. But who the abductor is and who the murderer is are mysteries that only Aristotle with the aid of the Delphian oracle will be able to solve.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Literary Supplement - Barbara Levick

“[Aristotle and Poetic Justice] offers satisfactory detection, a well-proportioned story, nostalgia for lovers of Greece, and special fun for classicists. It is a bonus that it is so well written.”
Times (UK)

“Why did no one think of this before?”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099435587
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, her early years were spent on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, St. Martins where her father, the Reverend Herbert Doody, had his parish. Her mother, Anne Ruth Doody (nee Cornwall) hailed from Hantsport Nova Scotia. Margaret is currently the director of the new Phd Programme in Literature at the University of Notre Dame, Illinois. The immediate members of her family all live in Canada in Victoria and Halifax. Margaret has published 20 works of non-fiction and literary criticism including The Annotated Anne of Green Gables and The True Story of the Novel.

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