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Arcadian Nights : Gods, Heroes and Monsters from Greek Myth – from the winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

John Spurling
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Duckworth Books (Duckworth)
Published: May 26, 2022
ISBN: 9780715654583
320 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Delving into the stories of the five larger-than-life heroes of Greek myth, Arcadian Nights shows in dazzling style how – gods, heroes and kings though they are – the emotions that drove them on reverberate down the millennia.

Ancient as they are, the Greek myths still resonate at the core of our literature and culture, and may well reveal more about human nature and the world we have created than we like to believe.

From the garden of his house in the Peloponnese overlooking the gulf of Argos, award-winning playwright and novelist John Spurling draws on a lifetime’s engagement with the classics and with Greek culture to reanimate the characters of Apollo, Herakles, Theseus, Perseus and Agamemnon, along with the gods, demi-gods, monsters and mortals who shaped their destinies. Gripping, spirited and sometimes grisly, Spurling’s fresh interpretations of these timeless tales bring both their heroes and their context vividly to life.

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