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The Flowers of Adonis (1969)

by Rosemary Sutcliff

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The best fictional book on the Pelopennesian Wr I know. On the wghole sympatheyic to Alikibiades, but not blindly so. For the first time it made me understand why the generals who won the battle of Argusinae were condemned. ( )
  antiquary | Jul 7, 2013 |
Very different from most of her work. The rotating viewpoints make it difficult to get into the story at first, but eventually it's worth persisting. ( )
  gwernin | Jun 23, 2013 |
Edition: // Descr: 383 p. : map (1) 21.5 cm. // Series: Call No. { } Contains List of Characters and Historical Note. // //
  ColgateClassics | Oct 26, 2012 |
Fiction: See comments on Peter Green's 'Achilles, his Armour' . Sutcliff's trademark poetic prose, beautifully written, a book I've read & re-read. ( )
  JaneAnneShaw | Nov 24, 2010 |
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The 5th Century BC.

The Greek city-states are engaged in perpetual war.

But one man towers above the chaos.

His name is Alkibiades.

He is at once a pirate, statesman and seducer whose adventures rival those of Odysseus himself.

Citizen of Athens, friend of Socrates, sailor, warrior and inveterate lover, Alkibiades flees persecution in his native city to join the Spartan cause.

However, his brilliant naval and diplomatic victories on their behalf do not save him from the consequences of impregnating the Spartan queen, and once more he takes up the outcast's mantle.
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