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Arcadian Days: Gods, Women and Men from Greek Myth - From the Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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By (author): John Spurling

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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Product Details
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 129 x 198mm
  • Publication Date: 26 May 2022
  • Publisher: Prelude
  • Publication City/Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • ISBN13: 9780715654569

About John Spurling

John Spurling is an award-winning historical novelist and playwright whose plays have been performed on TV radio and stage including at the National Theatre. Among his novels are The Ten Thousand Things which was highly acclaimed and won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction A Mirror for Monkeys and his volumes of retellings of Greek myths Arcadian Nights and Arcadian Days. He has reviewed for a range of newspapers magazines and BBC radio and was for twelve years the art critic of the New Statesman. He lives in London and formerly in Arcadia Greece and is married to the biographer Hilary Spurling.

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