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The Last of the Wine By Mary Renault

The Last of the Wine
by Mary Renault

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Mary Renault explores Greek culture through the experiences of two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, who compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta and study under Socrates.
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The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault

Alexias, a young Athenian of good family, grows up just as the Peloponnesian War is drawing to a close. The adult world he enters is one in which the power and influence of his class have been undermined by the forces of war, and more and more Alexias finds himself drawn to the controversial teachings of Sokrates. Among the great thinker's followers Alexias meets Lysis, and the two youths become inseparable, wrestling together in the palaestra, journeying to the Olympic Games and fighting in the wars against Sparta. On the great historical canvas of famine, siege, and civil conflict, their relationship captures vividly the intricacies of classical Greek culture.

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"Not since Robert Graves' I, Claudius has there been such an exciting, living image of the ancient world on this grand a scale" The New York Times Book Review

About Mary Renault


Mary Renault was educated at Clifton High School, Bristol and St Hugh's College, Oxford. Having completed nursing training in 1937, she then wrote her first novel Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written during off-time duty whilst serving in the war. In 1948 she went to live in South Africa but travelled widely. It was her trip to Greece and her visits to Corinth, Samos, Crete, Delos, Aegina and other islands, as well as to Athens, Sounion and Marathon, that resulted in her brilliant historical reconstructions of Ancient Greece. Mary Renault died in 1983.

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GOR010399198
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
Mary Renault
Used - Like New
Paperback
Cornerstone
2004-05-06
368
0099463555
9780099463559
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.