The Mask of Apollo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In a vivid depiction of Ancient Greece and its legendary heroes, The Mask of Apollo tells the story of Nikeratos, the gifted tragic actor at the centre of political and cultural activity in Athens, 400 B. C.
Wherever he goes, Nikeratos carries a golden mask of Apollo, a relic and reminder of an age when the theatre was at the height of its greatness and talent. Only a mascot at first, the mask gradually turns into Nikeratos' conscience as he encounters famous thinkers, actors, and philosophers, including the famous Plato himself.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 31 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 30, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #179,233 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5,516 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#23,625 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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The story follows Nikeratos, an Athenian actor, as he gradually becomes successful. His story is entwined with Dion's, an upright but flawed aristocrat who attempts to put Plato's political ideas into practice with disastrous consequences.
Mary Renault was such a good writer. I wouldn't advise starting with this one - The King Must Die would be my choice - but this book is excellent and totally absorbing and not one you should miss.
I love Mary Renault's subtle and humane portraits of the classical world. They are densely but very thoroughly conceived. Yes I think she does buy into a rather idealised view of the past as others have noted, but it remains a very believeable one. Great stuff!
To the point you become engrossed in character, plot and narrative. Loaned it to someone and of course never got it back, hence buying it again.