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The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
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Maybe because my knowledge of the Peloponnesian War is quite sketchy (most of it comes from, um, this book) but the thing about The Last of the Wine that sticks with me most is how much of his time period Alexias is. Although he's something of a rebel compared to his fellow Athenians, he never feels like a modern transplant. I admire this, because historical fiction often has trouble navigating the waters where the Sea of Anachronism meets the Ocean of Sympathetic Characters. This being a book caught up in the philosophy of the time, Alexias also functions as a voice for various philosophical viewpoints, but this is integrated very well, so it becomes a point of interest rather than something to detract from the reading experience. Plus, the questions everyone wrestles with are pretty important!
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