Stealing Athena

Stealing Athena

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The complex history of the Elgin Marbles is viewed through the lives of two women--Aspasia, an ancient Greek female philosopher, and Mary Nisbet, wife of the Earl of Elgin, who played a key role in bringing the sculptures to England.
Publisher: New York, NY : Doubleday, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385519717
0385519710
Branch Call Number: ESS
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Jun 10, 2016

Readers follow the stories of two women, Mary, the Countess of Elgin, and Aspasia, courtesan of Pericles, through the creation and, years later, the removal of what are called the Elgin marbles to Great Britain. Too much like a romance novel so not the historical fiction I enjoy.

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lozza1401
May 08, 2014

Great historical piece. Highly recommended for historical fiction readers.

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Winjackar
Apr 26, 2014

I loved this book. I wasn't familiar with the story of the Elgin Marbles and I found it fascinating. It broke my heart to know that some of those beautiful, priceless treasures ended up at the bottom of the sea on their voyage to England.

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d21221
Jun 21, 2011

If you are familiar with the Elgin Marbles (looted by Nazi Germany during WW II and hidden away) then this tale of how they landed in England will interest you. The story is told from the perspective of two women, two different time periods. This is the second book by author Karen Essex that I have enjoyed and recommend her to those looking for a different flavour of historical fiction. You may end up having a different opinion of the great art once you learn more about Lord Elgin. Definitely worth reading as it is a story of adventure, romance and full of historical knowledge.

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