Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined

Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined


The brilliant retelling of the crucial Greek myths via acclaimed novelist John Spurling, writer of The 10000 Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for historic Fiction

The classical Greek highbrow culture pervades approximately each point of our sleek Western civilization. Our good judgment and technology, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and artwork are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean kingdom. And the robust myths of the Greeks, sophisticated via Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the nice Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.

Taking as his place to begin some of the recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for ancient Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed residence of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, chief of the Greeks at Troy, murdered via his spouse in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda. 

In this shiny, gripping and sometimes grisly retelling of the Greek myths, tales of homicide, energy, revenge, love, and stressful kin relationships are made new back for our time with wit and take pleasure in by way of a proficient writer. Spurling has further scene, discussion, and context, whereas regularly staying precise to the spirit of the unique myth.

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