Arcadian Days : Gods, Women and Men from Greek Myth – from the winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction


by Spurling, John | Ancient Greece
Published 28/04/2022 by Prelude (Duckworth) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 320 pages

ISBN: 9780715654569 Category:


The Greek myths, refined by the great poets and playwrights of Ancient Greece, distil the essence of human life: its brief span, its pride, courage and insecurity, its anxious relationship with the natural world – earth, sea and sky, represented by powerful gods and monsters.

Taking inspiration from the incomparably beautiful and intense poetry of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, Spurling – a lifelong classicist and an award-winning playwright and historical novelist – spins five more myths for contemporary readers. These captivating tales centre on male-female pairs – Prometheus and Pandora, Jason and the sorceress Medea, Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, Achilles and his mother Thetis, Odysseus and Penelope – that destroyed dynasties, raised and felled heroes, and sealed the fates of men.

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Weight 0.306 kg