The Flowers of Adonis

The Flowers of Adonis

The 5th Century BC.

The Greek city-states are engaged in perpetual war.

But one man towers above the chaos.

His name is Alkibiades.

He is at once a pirate, statesman and seducer whose adventures rival those of Odysseus himself.

Citizen of Athens, friend of Socrates, sailor, warrior and inveterate lover, Alkibiades flees persecution in his native city to join the Spartan cause.

However, his brilliant naval and diplomatic victories on their behalf do not save him from the consequences of impregnating the Spartan queen, and once more he takes up the outcast's mantle.

Title:The Flowers of Adonis
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780340106655
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    The Flowers of Adonis Reviews

  • ?Misericordia? ?????? ????

    Wow! A writer who does (sadly - did!) this sort of research!Q:... being an historical novelist rather than a historian, I have felt free to “fill in the gaps” and tidy up a little here and there.I...

  • Tijana

    Rouzmeri Satklif je meni do sada bila poznata isključivo kao autorka vrlo lepih i ozbiljno pisanih istorijskih romana za decu (Grimizni ratnik, Prašni bratac, Orao devete legije) koji su bili jednak...

  • Martin

    The greatest hero, the worst traitor - Alkibiades is an enigma. He casts a glamour that comes clean down the centuries, a dazzle of personal magnetism that makes it hard to see the man behind it.Set i...

  • Marquise

    Hmph! 3.5 stars is looking a bit generous for this letdown of a book. The protagonist being Alcibiades of Athens, I had come to hope for an engrossing novel given what's known of his life from histori...

  • Cathy

    The Flower of Adonis is a fictionalized account of the life of Alkibiades, an Athenian General. In her Author’s note Rosemary Sutcliff describes her protagonist as “an enigma”, going on to rema...

  • Sue

    One of her few books for adults - I read a number of her children's books when I was young - and I do wish she'd written more. Based on thorough research, she applies such wonderful imagination that y...

  • Stephanie

    just discovered Sutcliff wrote an Alcibiades book and I'm feeling great about life ...

  • scarlettraces

    They don't write books like this any more. (I'm not even sure they wrote books like this then.) Recommended if you can deal with the style (Sutcliff is Sutcliff, whether she's tackling Roman Britain o...

  • Gregg

    I read this when in my teens. I remember thinking what a great story it tells. The switching I found easy to keep up with so may be an individuals problem rather than a real issue.Severely recommend t...

  • D Murgatroyd

    A book you could put down - frequently! Nevertheless, I now have a lot clearer perspective of the Peloponnesian wars. ...