THE MAGNIFICENT TRAITOR by Lynn & Gray Poole

THE MAGNIFICENT TRAITOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Alcibiades, son of Clinias, ward of Pericles, whose ""intellect, physical beauty and ambition befitted his own time,"" great in talents, but willing to put them to treacherous use for his own purposes. Alcibiades, darling of Athens who was condemned to death as a profaner of Hermes and the Eleusinian Mysteries while he was commanding a much promoted campaign against Syracuse, who defected to Sparta, later Persia, returned to Athens, was again discredited and unable to save her from the Sparta takeover. The magnificence is rather tarnished here by the nature of the self-aggrandizing Alicibiades, whose dissolution is amply depicted (no romantic portrayal of noble Greek love here, but pragmatic, graphic). The Pooles have obviously researched with diligence, reconstructed with care; but the whole has an undigested, unassimilated quality.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1967
Publisher: Dodd Mead