Owls to AthensBook - 2004
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Owls to Athens is the fourth book in the Hellenic Traders series by H N Turteltaub. Like the others in the series it is a work of historical fiction concerning the adventures of a pair of Greek traders from Rhodes. "Taking owls to Athens" was a contemporary Greek saying, roughly the equivalent of the modern "selling snow to eskimos".
Menedemos and Sostratos finally sees the two Rhodians arrive at Sostratos’ beloved Athens. The majority of the novel takes place in Athens rather than the more peripatetic activities of the previous novels.
The two men take the goods acquired in the previous installment in The Sacred Land and attempt to increase their fortunes by trading them for goods and silver in the Western Aegean. Turteltaub has set up a perfect scenario to examine Sostratos’ past as a student in Athens. At the same time, Turteltaub can look towards the future as he makes Menedemos’ relationship with his father more difficult.
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