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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Review: Stealing AthenaUser Review - Janine - Goodreads
Interesting, and lots of research done, but the telling is less than graceful. The first chapters set in ancient Athens are cumbersome. Read full review
Review: Stealing AthenaUser Review - Bonnie - Goodreads
I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to check out this book at the library as I was afraid it would be a really lightweight romance. The subject matter is what hooked me. I really enjoyed reading it ... Read full review