Pericles And Aspasia
1884. Poet, classicist and essayist, Landor's strong views and quick temper led him into many disputes and following a potential law suit for libel he spent the remainder of his life, from 1858, on the continent, particularly Florence. He is now remembered more for his prose than his poetry, his best known work being Imaginary conversations of literary men and statesmen, a series of dramatic dialogues. Pericles and Aspasia is a rendering of classical Athens through a series of imaginary letters.
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I picked this up having no idea what it was, other than it involved Aspasia, who I saw referenced elsewhere as a woman Greek philosopher. This book beautifully employs the use of the English language. I enjoyed this book for that. But if you are looking for a compelling plot look elsewhere. The book is a series of fictional letters, many are between Aspasia and her childhood friend Cleone, in which they exchange poetry verses. Other " letters" are by Pericles, Alcibiades and Anaxagoras. There are fleeting mentions of larger events happening during their lifetime in Ancient Greece, to make you feel as if the letters could be real correspondence between friends.