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by Steven Pressfield

  • ISBN: 0553813862
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Steven Pressfield
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New Ed edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • FB2 size: 1216 kb
  • EPUB size: 1189 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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Athens in the Time of Theseus Book One Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Book Two Chapter. Also by Steven Pressfield.

Athens in the Time of Theseus Book One Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Book Two Chapter. High praise for the novels of Steven Pressfield. PRIAM: Once before now I travelled to Phrygia where the vines grow, and there I saw a host of Phrygian men with their quick horse. .

I got to re-imagine the all-female warrior society of ancient legend.

Since Schliemann's discovery of Troy, however, many scholars have come to believe that real history lies behind myth.

The Authentic Swing: Notes From the Writing of a First Novel. by Steven Pressfield. The Story Behind THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE If you've read his books THE WAR OF ART and TURNING PRO, you know that for thirty years Steven Pressfield (GATES OF FIRE, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN et. wrote spec novel after spec novel before any publisher took him. I'm Not for Everyone.

The lot, as fate would have it, fell to me, as trikona-mate to Eleuthera, who stood the same to Antiope. It was my role, not only to dress our war queen in corselet and armor, but to select and whet. the warheads of her arrows, repaint the blood gutters in ritual jet and ochre, and to razor-fletch the flight feathers. She took four only, one for each cardinal point, with three bronze-sheathed javelins, and a single pelekus, the double axe. None other may attend, save a priestess of Artemis Ephesia to prompt the verses of the ceremony.

Pressfield Steven (EN). Steven Pressfield has gained a passionate worldwide following for his magnificent novels of ancient Greece, Gates of Fire and Tides of War.

In or around 1250 BC, so Plutarch tells us, Theseus, king of Athens and slayer of the Minotaur, set sail on a journey that brought him to the land of 'tal Kyrte', the 'Free People', a nation of fiercely proud and passionate warrior women whom the Greeks called 'Amazons'. Bound to each other as lovers as well as fighters and owing allegiance to no man, the Amazons distrusted the Greeks with their boastful talk of cities and civilization. And when their illustrious war queen Antiope fell in love with Theseus and fled to Athens with the king and his followers, so denying her people, the Amazon tribes were outraged. Seeking revenge, they raised a vast army and marched on Athens. History tells us they could not win, but for a brief and glorious moment the Amazons held the Attic world in thrall before vanishing into the immortal realms of myth and legend. Resounding to the sound of brutal, bloody battles fought hand-to-hand and peopled with wonderfully realised flesh and blood characters, LAST OF THE AMAZONS is Steven Pressfield's most thrilling - and thrillingly imagined - novel yet. A dazzling and profoundly moving tale of love and war, honour and revenge, here the ancient world is brought to brilliant life as we are told the extraordinary, inspiring yet near-forgotten story of the last of the Amazons...
Reviews about Last Of The Amazons (7):
Pressfield is that most rare of writers, those who so clearly and so poetically tell a major tale that all who read it are forever changed. That a man can understand the hearts of women and communicate their lives so beautifully and powerfully, is rarest in the extreme. I deliberately took a long time to finish the book, to savor every morsel. Do yourself the great service to read this book at once.
Between my best friend and myself, we almost read the print off the pages of our first "Last of the Amazons" book. I bought a second copy for another friend, and had to read it again (the 3rd time!) before I could give it up. Pressfield's book aroused my curiosity, and I found myself researching amazons online. I found, to my great surprise, that there were indeed amazons. Graves of women buried with their weapons have been found in the area of the Black Sea. Ancient pot shards show engravings of warrior women, with their strange head caps, engaged in battle. A statue of a woman, "The Last Amazon," can be found on the island of Lesbos. This woman was Maroula (holding a sword), who fought with the Greeks against Turkey in the 14th century. Pressfield's amazons lived a horse culture, with strings of ponies, much like the Mongols. He brings the amazons to life in a completely believable way. Pressfield has fired my imagination, and I have taken a great interest in what we have discovered about the amazons. I am not sure any book of fiction has ever affected me in such a dramatic fashion, and been so much fun to read to boot.
Another solid Pressfield entry. He does a wonderful job of recreating history in a way that keeps it interesting and easy to follow while attempting to drop in the historical context and information. Creating characters and writing stories is difficult enough without needing to insure you're not veering too far away from historical/mythological accuracy and Pressfield is a master. I recommend this to anyone who's into the subject matter presented or has read any of his previous works because this is right up there with his previous works.
Pressfield has here done a very nice job of recreating what might have been the world of the Amazons on the southern steppes of today's Russia, and that clash of cultures which may have occurred when Bronze Age Greek adventurers stumbled across these warrior women, as seems to be echoed in the remnants of old Greek legend. But his story is over the top in the end. He takes too long to spin out the tale and the complex artifice he has adopted for the telling (a narrator recounting what she has seen and heard from other participants in their own "voices") works against the matter. More, his characters never spring fully to life. I could not easily differentiate Damon from Elias, or even the idealized Theseus (with whom I could never entirely empathise) from Prince Atticus, while Eleuthera and Selene and Antiope and Hypolita (spelling?) all seemed to me little more than archetypes. The writing, indeed, was expansively poetic and in places well-wrought enough to move me but there was too much of this, as well. Over and over again, the narrators, Selene or Damon, through the voice of Bones, repeat the same chant-like litany of names and peoples. It grew to be too much and overly distracting.

In sum, I am led to conclude that Pressfield, riding the crest of his recent successes, has here let himself go artistically . . . and who is to nay-say such a successful writer? Unwilling or unable to bring his narrative to a natural conclusion, he lets it spin out too long, with apparent ending after apparent ending, until the reader (or this reader at least) grows tired of the effort. And while the first half was brisk and enjoyable to read, the second, with its war against Athens, was much slower, despite the action on the field, and marred by an overemphasis on the military campaign to the detriment of its participants' characters. Indeed even the exploits of the heroes (Theseus with broken arm and leg and other assorted wounds, including a nearly smashed skull, dashing about in heroic battle) seemed a bit of a stretch.

Pressfield did, however, do a very fine job of bringing the legendary Amazon nation itself to life, even if his characters were less than real, but the unfurling of events seemed stilted and overly stylized, while it was hard to engage with the characters so that the freshness of the Greek legend seemed somehow to be lost. (I thought Robert Graves did it better in his now nearly forgotten HERCULES, MY SHIPMATE which recounted the adventures of Jason and his Argonauts, in roughly the same region, as they searched for the Golden Fleece.) It's painful to be so critical here since I am a fan of Pressfield since GATES OF FIRE, but I suppose it is hard to sustain the champion's pace all the time. This is a good one, worth reading if you love legend and adventure in the form of historical fiction, but it's not the best Pressfield I've read.

author of The King of Vinland's Saga
Deep in the mythic origins of the Indo-European peoples, from the "Aryans" of India to the Achaeans of Greece to the Latium of Italy, to the Goths of Northern Europe, are tales of conflict between the heroic invaders and the profoundly different indigenous who inhabit what became the European homelands. In some cases these mythic forms follow the Titan vs Olympian or Giant vs Asa pattern; at other junctures specific tales of conflict are retold.

In this book Pressfield gives his iteration of the story of Theseus, the mythic prince of Athens, and Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. Pressfield has a keen mind for cultural identity and differences, and the skeleton of this story is fleshed out with the contrast between the communitarian, nomdadic, matriarchal Amazons; and the patriarchal, propertied, agricultural, hierarchical Greek society. What happens when Hippolyta is taken captive back to Greece and the Athenian women begin unbinding their hair? Find out in this enjoyable read from one of the foremost authors of historical fiction.

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