Pub Date: October 4, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Caryatid Imprint
Page Count: 500
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, ebook
ISBN: Hardcover 978-1959182221; Paperback 978-1959182214
Price: Hardcover $20.99; Paperback $14.95; ebook $2.99
ABOUT THE BOOK
The historical novel from author Yvonne Korshak, Pericles and Aspasia, set in Ancient Greece, immerses readers in a time of radical new ideals through the epic love story of a general known as “the first citizen of Athens” and a courtesan with the mind of a philosopher.
A tale of courtesans, philosophers, and cunning political statesmen during a period when democracy bloomed and of architectural wonders, Pericles and Aspasia, is a literary feat, with a love story to rival Anthony and Cleopatra’s.
Two lovers crest the wave of the golden age of Athens: Pericles, statesman and general, and Aspasia, his courtesan, a philosopher’s daughter and a brilliant woman in her own right. In a world of hierarchies, he is at the top when she arrives as little more than flotsam cast up on Athenian shores. Their love transcends social sanctions, enduring and deepening despite the grave threat it presents to Pericles’ reputation as a leader of the Athenian democracy.
The novel unfolds against the background of the arts and history of the Golden Age seen through the eyes of two individuals who lent their particular intelligence and luster to make it “golden,” Pericles, the great orator and visionary of democracy and its most influential woman, Aspasia. Their story takes them from the Agora—Athens’ marketplace—to the Acropolis, from the mercantile, raunchy Athenian Port Piraeus across the Aegean Sea to East Greece. Pericles and Aspasia—together and apart—navigate treacherous paths from venal calculations to impassioned philosophical inquiry, from high-stakes sea battles to the passions of family life.
Pericles and Aspasia engages issues that are vital today—the paradoxes of democracy, the tensions of hierarchy, the ironies of gender, and others—but this novel is immersed in classical Athens: the city, its sunshine, its physical presence, its people and their struggles and aspirations.
Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304