In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme philosopher whose influence spans epochs.
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“Not since Robert Graves’ I, Claudiushas there been such an exciting, living image of the ancient world on this grand a scale.”–The New York Times Book Review
About Mary Renault
MARY RENAULT has written over a dozen novels, has had her work adapted for radio, stage, and screeen, and has been the subject of documentaries and biographies. She is as widely known for her forthright treatment of gay relationships as she… More about Mary Renault
Published by Vintage Jul 10, 2001| 400 Pages| 5-3/16 x 8| ISBN 9780375726811