The Last of the Wine

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Vintage Books, 1975 - Fiction - 446 pages
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Alexis, a young Athenian of good family, reaches manhood during the last phases of the Peloponnesian war. He meets Lysis, a youth influenced by Socrates, and their relationship develops.

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Brilliantly written with insight and vivid imagery. - Goodreads
Mary Renault is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
She's a master of ancient Greek storytelling! - Goodreads
The ending got me, and I'll admit to a shedding a tear. - Goodreads

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I again believe that Mary R. has put herself very well in the shoes of a male protag. in his own cultural context. The thoughts are not pretty, but they are realistic for the time period. And she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian - Goodreads

Mary Renault was a novelist and a historian. Plato, in one of his writings, the Symposiam I think, makes a slight reference to a teenager who is tasked with making sure all the guests wine cups are ... Read full review


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About the author (1975)

Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.

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