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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Essex Narrator: Susan Denake Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of the bestselling Leonardo’s Swans traverses the centuries into the hearts of two extraordinary women to reveal the passions, ambitions, and controversies surrounding the Elgin Marbles.

The Elgin Marbles have been displayed in the British Museum for nearly two hundred years, and for just as long they have been the center of a raging controversy. In Stealing Athena, Karen Essex chronicles the Marbles’ amazing journey through the dynamic narratives of Mary Nisbet, wife of the Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople, and Aspasia, the mistress of Perikles, the most powerful man in Athens during that city’s Golden Age.

At the height of the Napoleonic Wars, the twenty-one-year-old, newly wed Countess of Elgin, a Scottish heiress and celebrated beauty, enchanted the power brokers of the Ottoman Empire, using her charms to obtain their permission for her husband’s audacious plan to deconstruct the Parthenon and bring its magnificent sculptures to England. Two millennia earlier, Aspasia, a female philosopher and courtesan, and a central figure in Athenian life, plied her wits, allure, and influence with equal determination, standing with Perikles at the center of vehement opposition to his vision of building the most exquisite monuments the world had ever seen.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/12/2014

    " I really loved Stealing Athena -- the history of Lord Elgin's fanatical devotion to the cause of bringing the statuary from the Acropolis (the "Elgin marbles") to England. His amazing wife and their relationship is the heart of the story, and it meshes well with flashbacks to the life of Pericles and his courtesan Aspasia. It's an epic tale, the characters are larger-than-life, and I was completely carried away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Robin | 2/3/2014

    " Have to admit, I got 1/2 way thru and couldn't finish, lost interest in main character Mary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan | 1/25/2014

    " A lot of the scenes could've been done without. It was an OK book that just went on too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith | 1/24/2014

    " This book was fascinating!!! It is about the man Lord Elgin and his wife Mary, and their moving the ancient marbles of Greece to England..I really enjoyed it mostly because I had read the author's other books Kleopatra and Pharoah(Kleopatra Pt. II) and loved both of those books..If you are interested in England and the ancient times of Greece then this is a book you should definitely read!!! I was very happy to have read her books and look forward to reading her other books as well!!! "

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