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Stealing Athena

By Karen Essex

Stealing Athena
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2008,
    464 pages.

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  • Cynthia (Puyallup WA)


    Stealing Athena
    This was a wonderful book - Karen Essex has skillfully intertwined two timelines in order to bring to the reader a story rich with detail. The depth of the characters is enthralling and their involvement behind the plundering of precious artifacts makes this a MUST READ!
  • Elsbeth (Medford WI)


    Stealing Athena, A Great Book
    Stealing Athena was a joy to read, from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this book of historical fiction.

    Mary Nisbet Elgin's story, set in the early 1800's is vividly told, while the author cleverly goes back to ancient Athen's Golden Age and weaves in the story of Aspasia, courtesan of Pericles. These two women, although living in very different times, showed strength and resourcefulness that will draw readers interested in women's advocacy issues. Greek mythology buffs will enjoy references to narratives of the gods and goddesses of ancient times.

    I strongly recommend Stealing Athena to all adult book groups, as there are limitless topics of interest to discuss and ponder.
  • Doris (Angora MN)


    Stealing Athena
    I enjoyed this book which is based on the life of Mary Nisbet, countess of Elgin. The author skillfully compared Mary's life to Aspasia of ancient Athens.

    This story led me to reread some of the history of Greece which is a mark of good historical fiction. I think it would lead to a good discussion in a women's book group.
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