Stealing Athena: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 17, 2008 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Stealing Athena is the story of two women, separated by centuries but united by their association with some of the world's greatest and most controversial works of art. Aspasia, a philosopher and courtesan to visionary politician Pericles during Athens's Golden Age, defies societal restrictions to become fiercely influential in Athens' power circle. Mary, the Countess of Elgin and a beautiful Scottish heiress, charms the fearsome men of the Ottoman Empire to make possible her husband's costly acquisitions, all the while brazenly defying the social conventions of her time. Both women prevail yet pay a heavy price for their rebellion. A tale of romance, intrigue, greed, and glory, Stealing Athena interweaves the lives of two of history's most beguiling heroines.


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STEALING ATHENA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In her fourth historical novel, Essex (Leonardo's Swans, 2006, etc.) alternates the stories of two influential women, a Greek courtesan and a Scottish heiress, who each played a crucial role in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - alluvia - LibraryThing

Now this book also promised an exciting historical adventure but lapsed so quickly into romance novel cliche that I had to put it down after only 5 pages. Drek. Sad. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
50
Section 4
77
Section 5
93
Section 6
104
Section 7
118
Section 8
127
Section 16
267
Section 17
282
Section 18
318
Section 19
320
Section 20
337
Section 21
369
Section 22
385
Section 23
389

Section 9
132
Section 10
148
Section 11
152
Section 12
173
Section 13
187
Section 14
206
Section 15
232
Section 24
412
Section 25
424
Section 26
432
Section 27
440
Section 28
446
Section 29
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About the author (2008)

KAREN ESSEX is the author of Kleopatra, Pharaoh, and the international bestseller Leonardo’s Swans, which won Italy’s prestigious 2007 Premio Roma for foreign fiction. An award-winning journalist and a screenwriter, she lives in Los Angeles, California.


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