EMPIRE (The Golden Age #2) by Conn Iggulden
The fourth, and perhaps, best, of Iggulden's quartet on the Golden Age of Athens. Before we have covered the wars of Greece and Persia, the epic encounters of Salamis, Thermopylae and Plataea.
In this one the focus is the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens, and the remarkable life of Pericles, the man who stood at the forefront of Athens. Iggulden writes with simple, clear authority. I thought at the beginning of this series the books were quite vague, with the characters not really brought to life in the way the author has done with Caesar and Genghis before.
This one though is brilliant. Pericles is brilliantly realised, ancient Athens springing to life off the page. In a story told from both sides, we get an illuminating picture in to the past, from the politics and debates in the inner workings of Athens, to the hard, uncompromising view of the Spartans, as the two titans of ancient Greece go toe to toe.
A thoroughly enjoyable book, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the author goes next
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