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, e-Book
ISBN: 9781609454203
Translated by: Antony Shugaar
Region: Italy
Paper edition Paper edition Paper edition
$ 9.99
READ NOW READ NOW READ NOW
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: Puppies - Maurizio de Giovanni

    Maurizio de Giovanni

    Puppies

    2020, pp. 352, $ 18.00
    The next installment in Maurizio de Giovanni’s bestselling “Bastards of Pizzafalcone” series unfolds during the crisp beginning of April in...
  • Cover: The Lying Life of Adults - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    The Lying Life of Adults

    2020, pp. 336, $ 26.00
    The new novel by Elena Ferrante.
  • Cover: The Garden of Monsters - Lorenza Pieri

    Lorenza Pieri

    The Garden of Monsters

    2020, pp. 288, $ 17.00
    A rural epic about warring families in modern Italy and an intimate bildungsroman of the artist’s journey.
  • Cover: The Story of a New Name (HBO Tie-in Edition) - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    The Story of a New Name (HBO Tie-in Edition)

    2020, pp. 480, $ 18.00
    The Story of a New Name is a sweeping, generous-hearted, and brilliantly realized masterpiece by one of Italy's most important contemporary...
  • Cover: Beautiful - Massimo Cuomo

    Massimo Cuomo

    Beautiful

    2020, pp. 272, $ 17.00
    A magical tale of love and rivalry between two brothers.
  • Cover: Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores - Massimo Carlotto

    Massimo Carlotto

    Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores

    2020, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    International secret police operations, drug trafficking, prostitution, and identity theft set the stage for the eternal struggle between Good and...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Shadowplay - Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor

    Shadowplay

    2020, pp. 400, $ 26.00
    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...
  • Cover: The Measure of a Man - Marco Malvaldi

    Marco Malvaldi

    The Measure of a Man

    2019, pp. 272, $ 23.95
    Five hundred years after Leonardo’s death, Marco Malvaldi combines literature, science, history, and mystery to bring back to life one of the greatest...
  • Cover: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free - Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller

    Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

    2019, pp. 416, $ 19.00
    When Captain John Lacroix returns home from Spain, wounded, unconscious, and alone, he believes that he has seen the worst of what men may do. It...
  • Cover: The Sect of Angels - Andrea Camilleri

    Andrea Camilleri

    The Sect of Angels

    2019, pp. 208, $ 16.00
    Based on a true story and told with the pacing, humor, and thrills of a Mediterranean mystery, Andrea Camilleri’s new novel tells of a turn-of-the-century...
  • Cover: Hear Our Defeats - Laurent Gaudé

    Laurent Gaudé

    Hear Our Defeats

    2019, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    From the winner of the Prix Goncourt Timely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles...
  • Cover: The Children of Jocasta - Natalie Haynes

    Natalie Haynes

    The Children of Jocasta

    2018, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Told in intersecting narratives, this feminist reimagining of Sophocles’ classic plays brings life and voice to the women who were too often forced...

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!

X