ANTIGONE'S WAKE A NOVEL OF IMPERIAL ATHENS
is an author who clearly relishes his subject. Each sentence bursts with
juicy, nurturing historical detail and considered thought about the hopes,
aspirations, ideals and troubles of those who lived in the distant past.
We follow the triumphs and travails of Sophocles as he struggles to create
his art and also be what Athens wants him to bea brilliant general.
Athens as a great civilization is constructed in front of our eyes. Nicastro
brings to life both the back-streets of the city and the sea-battle-lanes
of its Empire. The towering giants of Western history; Sophocles, Euripides,
Periclesand his consort Aspasiaare, through his vivid imagination,
given a voice. This book allows the reader to inhabit the Golden Age of
Athens, and to taste its grit as well as its glory."
has great skill in making an ancient and alien time seem immediate and
understandable. The men and women in this book are rich in their complexity,
their manipulations and their neediness, their ambitions and confused
helplessness....Based on careful historical research, Nicastro has crafted
a novel which rings true, as true and as timeless as the plays of Sophocles."