Stealing Athena : a novel /

Chronicles of the Marbles' amazing journey through the dynamic narratives of Mary Nisbet, wife of the Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople, and Aspasia, the mistress of Perikles, the most powerful man in Athens during that city's Golden Age

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Main Author: Essex, Karen
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Anchor Books, c2009
Edition:1st Anchor Books ed
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Main Author:Essex, Karen
Summary:Chronicles of the Marbles' amazing journey through the dynamic narratives of Mary Nisbet, wife of the Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople, and Aspasia, the mistress of Perikles, the most powerful man in Athens during that city's Golden Age

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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General Notes:Reprint. Orginally published: New York : Doubleday, 2008
Physical Description:454 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN:9780767926188 (pbk.)
0767926188 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Karen Essex lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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