The Last of the Wine
In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme... show more
In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. As their relationship develops, Renault expertly conveys Greek culture, showing the impact of this supreme philosopher whose influence spans epochs.
Publish date: July 10th 2001
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
My introduction to Mary Renault was The King Must Die, the first of two novels about Theseus. What impressed me so much there was how she took a figure out of myth and grounded him historically. After that I quickly gobbled up all of Renault's works of historical fiction set in Ancient Greece. The t...
"The Last of the Wine" examines the Peloponnesian war through the eyes of fictional Alexias. A student of Sokrates and friend of Plato, Xenophon and many others well known to us through the annals of history, Alexias is a well-to-do young man with an interest in philosophy as well as soldiering.Ren...
I read this book for the first time in high school in 1999 when we were studying World History. I re-read it in 2010 and it is still one of my favorite books of all time. It's very historical and beautifully written. Overall it is incredibly brilliant. I love ancient history, specifically Greece, s...
I was really impressed with the amount of Greek culture that was in this book. Mary Renault had a great understanding of their history and culture, and was really able to infuse it well. Nevertheless, that didn't change the fact that this was a pretty dull book. Yes, it was the tale of two friend...
[These notes were made in 1992:]. A homophile friend of mine long ago recommended Mary Renault, and I picked up one of her books - The Praise Singer, I think - and did not greatly enjoy it. But this one fully justified my friend's praises. If the reading of it had one drawback (and it was my failu...