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Ancient Athens without the rose tint!,
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This review is from: The Walled Orchard (Paperback)
Amalgamating both the military and literary events of the Peloponnesian war period of Classical Athens this witty and surprising novel is a very satisfying read. The playwrite Eupolis, the books narrator, has experience of the politics of both war and drama and pointedly exposes the all to human falibility of the Athenians in both. 'Democracy' in its birth place is far from eulogised but on the contrary is savaged and portrayed as a ravenous beast devouring its own creators.
A long book, two in one almost, but nicely structured with enough pace and variety to keep the reader interested.