PERICLES THE ATHENIAN by Rex Warner

PERICLES THE ATHENIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This very long, essayistic biography is purportedly written by Anaxagoras, a philosopher and contemporary of Pericles. Its style, rather unfortunately, seems all too authentic- full of generalized descriptions of battles from an insider's point of view and laced with equally general philosophical comments. There are almost no personal details or descriptions of characters-even Pericles himself, and despite a certain grace and solidity of style, the book does not present a very clear picture to the ordinary reader. Mr. Warner has perhaps not made the best possible use of his spokesman, for where Anaxagoras is allowed to speak personally-on art, philosophy, his own life and opinions- the Greek world does indeed come to life. But for the most part the book is too divided, between being a kind of novel and an essay and an incomplete textbook (without dates, maps, concrete incidents) although its scholarship and condensation of a complex history is skillful. Not as successful as his earlier Young Caesar and Imperial Caesar.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1962
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.