Stealing Athena: A Novel
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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STEALING ATHENAUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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