Fri, 25 July 2014
It's around 400 BC in Athens, and there's a plot to overthrow the city-state's democracy with a dictator. It's also the Spring Festival, and Alexis has entered a play against Aristophanes, which he and the flute-girl Corinna have written to show Athens that Socrates and other critics of the state are not really that bad after all. Classic 1950s YA historical fiction, for readers who wear tweed while they read the Daily Worker.
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Category:the life of the place -- posted at: 1:30am CET
Fri, 11 July 2014
We're in Ancient Rome, and we're waiting for the lions, with Naomi Mitchison's fine novel The Blood of the Martyrs. Not everyone in the cells is a Christian, and not everyone waiting to see the blood start flowing in the arena is a pagan. These are the early years of the Christian Church seen from ground level, where it's really gritty and people get hurt. It's also a marvellous and deeply satisfying novel, but bring a handkerchief. For fans of Mary Renault but with togas.
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Category:strong women -- posted at: 1:30am CET