Stealing Athena (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

KAREN ESSEX is the author of "Kleopatra," "Pharaoh," and the international bestseller "Leonardo's Swans, "which won Italy's prestigious 2007""Premio""Roma for foreign fiction." "An award-winning journalist and a screenwriter, she lives in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…

“Historical fiction at its finest."
St. Petersburg Times

"A great adventure story. . . . Essex delves deeply into the lives and times of her characters in settings as diverse as ancient Greece and 18th-century Constantinople, France and Great Britain, and her women characters are spirited and memorable.”
The Times-Picayune

"Stealing Athena expounds on the weight of the past, the power of art, and the strength of women who exercised free will even when they had the fewest rights…. Uniquely relevant."
Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780767926188
ISBN-10: 0767926188
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 454
Language: English