Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Alessandro Barbero

The Athenian Women

Cover: The Athenian Women - Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero

The Athenian Women

2018, pp. 208, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609454197
Translated by: Antony Shugaar
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 17.00
Sample chapter Sample chapter Sample chapter

The book

The Athenian Women offers a powerful vision of class struggle, the subjugation of women by men, and the courage needed to change the course of history.

Athens, 411 BC. In the countryside, just outside the city gates, two veterans, Trasillo and Polemone, live in adjacent cottages. Years earlier they fought together in the infamous battle of Mantinea, where Athens was crushed by Sparta. The two survivors now live as humble farmers, constantly putting off the decision to find husbands for their two daughters, Glicera and Charis, who are beginning to get impatient. For the two old men the only thing that matters is politics. Athens invented democracy, and they must defend it against the rich oligarchs who plot to reinstate their tyrannical rule: even their neighbor Eubulo, a rich landowner who seeks refuge from the fatigue of city life in a nearby villa, cannot fully be trusted.

Charis and Glicera think their fathers are paranoid. The young Cimone, son of Eubolo, rich, brash, and arrogant, is the object of their secret dreams. When all the men head to Athens to see Aristophanes' latest comedy, the girls break all the rules of their patriarchal society and accept an invitation to Cimone's house, far from their fathers' watchful eyes.

Meanwhile, from the stage, the Athenian Lysistrata and the Spartan Lamito raise their voices in protest of misogyny and war, causing life in Eubolo's village to take a dramatic turn.

With his extraordinary ability to bring history to life, Alessandro Barbero has created a fascinating and penetrating look at a surprisingly contemporary Athens.

The author

Alessandro Barbero
Alessandro Barbero is the author of The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (Walker & Co., 2005), Charlamagne: Father of a Continent, and Master Pyle’s Bella Vita and Other People’s Wars, winner of the Strega Prize for Fiction. He is a renowned historian whose two-volume history of the Battle of Lepanto is considered to be the definitive text on the subject. He teaches Medieval History at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Vercelli, Italy.  

From the same country

  • Cover: The House on Via Gemito - Domenico Starnone

    Domenico Starnone

    The House on Via Gemito

    2023, pp. 480, $ 27.00
    Available in English for the first time, this extraordinary prize-winning novel confirms Domenico Starnone’s reputation as one of Italy’s greatest...
  • Cover: The Art of Binding People - Paolo Milone

    Paolo Milone

    The Art of Binding People

    2023, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    From one of Italy’s most brilliant psychiatrists, a moving and transformative journey into the most mysterious, heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring...
  • Cover: Lesser Islands - Lorenza Pieri

    Lorenza Pieri

    Lesser Islands

    2023, pp. 176, $ 17.00
    An absorbing family saga taking place over four decades and centered on the Tuscan island of Giglio—a seemingly idyllic place where the story of...
  • Cover: Winter Swallows - Maurizio de Giovanni

    Maurizio de Giovanni

    Winter Swallows

    2023, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    The tenth Commissario Ricciardi Neapolitan mystery is “endlessly surprising… a delicate balancing act between love and pain, horror and beauty.”...
  • Cover: Everything Calls for Salvation - Daniele Mencarelli

    Daniele Mencarelli

    Everything Calls for Salvation

    2023, pp. 176, $ 22.00
    From one of the most exciting voices in a new generation of Italian writers, a powerful and moving novel that explores both the darkest recesses and...
  • Cover: Cain’s Act - Massimo Recalcati, Will Schutt

    Massimo Recalcati, Will Schutt

    Cain’s Act

    2022, pp. 112, $ 17.00
    From one of Italy’s most renowned philosophers and psychoanalysts, an urgent and stirring reflection on violence, morality, and our relationship...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Paradises Lost - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Paradises Lost

    2023, pp. , $ 27.00
    The beginning of a unique adventure, the tremendous challenge of recounting the history of humanity.
  • Cover: The Postcard - Anne Berest

    Anne Berest

    The Postcard

    2023, pp. 464, $ 28.00
    Brilliantly told, Anne Berest’s luminous, moving, and unforgettable new book The Postcard is the most acclaimed and beloved French novel in...
  • Cover: Monument Maker - David Keenan

    David Keenan

    Monument Maker

    2023, pp. 784, $ 24.00
    David Keenand is one of today’s most exciting, fearless, and entertaining writers. Monument Maker is his most daring book to date.
  • Cover: Dying is Easier than Loving - Ahmet Altan

    Ahmet Altan

    Dying is Easier than Loving

    2023, pp. 496, $ 18.00
    The third volume of the internationally acclaimed Ottoman Quartet, written by Ahmet Altan while he was imprisoned by the Turkish regime
  • Cover: My Father’s House - Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor

    My Father’s House

    2023, pp. 440, $ 27.00
    From the best-selling author of Star of the Sea, a WWII-era “great escape” novel set in the Vatican
  • Cover: Shadowplay - Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor

    Shadowplay

    2021, pp. 400, $ 16.95
    Shadowplay by New York Times best-selling author, Joseph O’Connor, is set during the golden age of West End theater in a London shaken by...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

Are you a librarian? Click here!

X