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Aristotele detective by Margaret Anne Doody

Aristotele detective (original 1978; edition 2000)

by Margaret Anne Doody, Emanuele Ronchetti

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Title:Aristotele detective
Authors:Margaret Anne Doody
Other authors:Emanuele Ronchetti
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Aristotle Detective by Margaret Doody (1978)


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332 B.C. The young Athenian, Stephanos, is trying to clear his cousin, Philemon, of a murder accusation. Apparently, Philemon has been exiled for manslaughter and so Stephanos feels he wasn't even in Athens at the time of the murder. He consults Aristotle, who philosophically and logically tries to figure out the solution. For the most part, Stephanos does the running around and interviewing while the philosopher offers advice and deductions. An heirloom, a red clay pot from the victim's house and a piece of horn from a Cretan bow found outside the house, are the first clues. After red herrings, attempted murder of Stephanos, and a trip by Aristotle to Corinth, an ingenious solution to the mystery is found and brought out in a courtroom drama. Ms. Doody wrote this novel in 1978, long before the current trend of mysteries set in ancient Greece. I felt this is one of the better in the genre; Ms. Doody also set me down right in the middle of Greek culture of those times. Workings of the Greek legal system and of Aristotle's lessons in rhetoric [we'd say public speaking] were fascinating.

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1 vote janerawoof | Jun 5, 2015 |
Il giudizio è positivo per l'accurata ricostruzione storica e per la rappresentazione del metodo maieutico che Aristotele adotta con Stefanos.
Reso bene lo stile argomentativo su cui si regge la presenza di Aristotele, vero e proprio motore dell'indagine, come da titolo.
La trama però, nella vicenda spicciola, l'ho trovata poco appassionante. ( )
  Kazegafukuhi | Aug 10, 2013 |
Really excellent historical mystery with a young Athenian gentleman seeking to save his family's honor with the aid of Aristotle. Very good feel for ancient Greek culture and especially the workings of the Athenian legal system. The villain is an almost perfect example of hubris. Unfortunately, later books in this series were less satisfying, even ugly. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 21, 2013 |
This was written before the current vogue for this sort of thing, and I think Doody was in some doubt about how much historical detail her readers would be up for. She probably played it a bit too conservatively--a more vivd & detailed Aristotle and a few more tidbits about Greek culture & everyday life would have been better. But a solid effort. ( )
  ehines | Aug 19, 2012 |
My greatest surprise with this book is not the mystery itself, it is to discover Aristotle as a good guy. I always thought poorly of Aristotle: Much of his philosophy has been proven wrong (like the separation between "mind" and "heart") and was treated as part of the faith by the Catholic church for centuries. This endangered the progress of science and created plenty of religious conflicts. Although he is not responsible for the bad use made of his writings, I would not use him as a good guy in a novel. As a result, I found this series of Aristotle novels very entertaining. I was not surprised to discover later that she was a professor at the University of Notre-Dame. We cannot escape our roots! Excellent read, maybe lacking a bit of historical details. ( )
  claude_lambert | Dec 29, 2011 |
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